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Training Overview

The Department of Emergency Management at Upstate Medical University and Hospital facilitates many types of emergency management related training for the campus and hospital. Training programs are targeted toward staff role and departmental needs.

Annual Training

All Staff

All members of the Upstate Medical University are provided with mandatory annual education about Emergency Management through a combination of online and live training modules. This training and education include:

  • Emergency and Disaster Preparedness at Upstate Health System
  • Safety at Work (SAW)

New York State Department of Health requires Emergency Preparedness education be completed per the "Educational Requirements for NIMS Education".

Upstate Health System employees have a variety of educational requirements, depending on your role in Emergency Preparedness.

Incident Command Training

All Staff

Watch the video below:

Specialized Training

Hazardous Materials Response Training

  • Hazmat Awareness for Volunteers, Ambassadors, and Public Safety - Brightspace 1856
  • Hazmat for the First Responder/Receiver Awareness - Brightspace 2236
  • Hazmat for the First Responder/Receiver Operations - In Person
  • Hazmat for the First Responder/Receiver Operations Refresher - In Person
  • Physician First Reciever Hazmat Refresher - Brightspace 1887
  • ED RN Unit Leader Training - Brightspace 1995
  • EVS Decontamination Tent Setup - Brightspace UPSTATE2359

Additional Emergency Management Specialized Training

Nurse Managers & Directors

This training is designed for all inpatient nurse managers at the University and Community Campuses as well as outpatient/ambulatory nursing managers as well.

The two courses are listed below. The outpatient delivery is typically in person.

Incident Command Orientation for New Nurse Managers (Inpatient Clinics PPT)

Incident Command Orientation for Nurse Managers and Directors (Outpatient Clinics PPT)

Brightspace Course: 1778 Incident Command Training for Nurse Managers


Traker Code: INCCOMNM

This training is required yearly training as indicated by CMS rules pertaining to emergency preparedness.

The expected length of this class is approximately 1 hour max as it is designed to give you the some basic knowledge and resources regarding critical incidents here at SUNY Upstate. It is up to you to dive deeper in to these various procedures based on your department’s operational needs.

SUNY Upstate has never had a formal program of education for Nurse Managers regarding critical incidents or disasters. Learning has often occurred during an actual event which can present many problems for administrators filling command positions that could be avoided with a little bit of knowledge at the front line level.

CMS rule 42 CFP 483: "Facilities are required to provide training in emergency preparedness policies and procedures that are consistent with their roles in an emergency to all new and existing staff…. Facilities have the flexibility to determine the focus of their annual training, as long as it aligns with the emergency plan and risk assessment. Ideally, annual training should be modified each year, incorporating any lessons learned from the most recent exercises, real-life emergencies that occurred in the last year and during the annual review of the facility’s emergency program".

Healthcare Training Centers

Healthcare Training Centers facilitate and provide emergency preparedness training with a health care centered focus, made possible through grant funding from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). Training courses are available through a variety of modalities and are typically free of charge. Visit the Central NY Healthcare Training Center for a listing of Central NY area trainings or the NYSDOH Aware Prepare Update for additional training opportunities.