Excellent care at the bedside requires exceptionally trained clinicians. The first of its kind in Michigan, the NorthStar Institute is the center to support a culture of excellence through knowledge and empowerment.

Dedicated to providing the industry’s most advanced end-of-life education and training programs

Focused on improving quality of life for patients and families facing serious illness, the NorthStar Institute provides extensive clinical education and training so bedside staff are prepared to meet the needs of patients and families.

In addition, the NorthStar Institute manages both the Quality and Compliance programs.  These programs are essential to providing comprehensive patient-centered care that meets all regulatory requirements. This oversight ensures that patients and families receive safe, effective care that results in a positive hospice experience and better quality of life.

Comprehensive Education Plan

The NorthStar Institute’s year-long education and training program is designed to ensure every clinician—whether they are new to hospice or a seasoned veteran—has the skills and confidence to address the unique needs of each patient and their family.

Competence-Based RN Training

Great care comes from well-prepared, competent nurses who exude confidence every time they walk into someone’s home. Yet, with an increasing number of high-acuity patients discharged home, it demands higher level, hands-on training to assure patients receive the care they need.

Extensive Training for Newly-Hired RNs Ongoing RN Training and Education to stay sharp
One year of hospice-specific training and education programming
Clinical Fundamentals
Clinical Insights
Clinical Excellence

RN Preceptor Program to provide an extra level of guidance and mentorship for newer RNs

Statewide RN Skills Blitz to provide important competency checks

“In all my years as a hospice nurse, I have never received such a thorough training.”

–RN following Clinical Excellence Training

Hospice Aide Orientation Program

Hospice Aides play a vital role in helping patients maintain dignity at the end of life. The NorthStar Institute provides a specialized training program to prepare Hospice Aides for the independent, one-on-one personal care that is a hallmark of a positive hospice experience.

The NorthStar Institute Simulation Lab, a new level of excellence in hospice care and training.

Learn from a hospice leader.
The NorthStar Institute also offers training and educational programs for professionals affiliated with other organizations. These courses present opportunities for attendees to fulfill contact hour requirements as part of their licensure. The Institute is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.