In line with the requirements established by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), healthcare professionals are now required to complete implicit bias training. As part of Siena Heights University’s commitment to keeping up with the changing healthcare landscape, SHU Nursing, in partnership with Leland Harper Consulting, is pleased to offer an interactive, two-hour live virtual session on August 7, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. – 12: 00 noon for nurses to complete this required training.

Dr. Leland Harper, founder of Leland Harper Consulting—an agency committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion across a range of industries—has partnered with SHU Nursing to offer the virtual sessions. He also serves as an associate professor of Race, Justice, and Equity Studies at Siena Heights. Of the Implicit Bias Training for Healthcare Professionals, Harper said, “Social identities are a large part of our lives for both nurses and their patients. Healthcare workers having the tools needed to understand and navigate these social identities ultimately leads to better outcomes in our healthcare system.”

This Continuing Education activity OLN-S-3130-2023 offered by Siena Heights University has been approved for 3.0 contact hours by the Ohio Board of Nursing through the approver unit at the Ohio League for Nursing (OBN-006-92), and the program has been approved to be offered through April 17, 2025. For more information on the Ohio League for Nursing, please visit their webpage here.

This requirement applies to new applicants, as well as those renewing existing licenses or registrations.  Applicants for new licensure must have completed a minimum of two hours of implicit bias training within the five years immediately preceding the license issuance or registration. All learners who successfully complete the workshop and post-session assessment and evaluation form will be issued a certificate of completion and verifiable virtual badge to share across various social media platforms.

“We know this opportunity will benefit our students and nurses in the community. We are excited to have an internationally known expert on this topic as part of our Siena faculty and are pleased we can provide this required training,” said Joanne Yastik, Ph.D., RN, CNE, SHU’s Assistant Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Anyone interested in attending the Implicit Bias Training for Healthcare Professionals can register here. There is a discount for Siena Heights nursing faculty, alumni, clinical and community partners, and students. For those interested in attending but cannot make the August 7 date, please contact Joanne Yastik at or Leland Harper at to set up an alternative time.