CKHA to team up with Bluewater Health on course

first_imgTo help provide a hands-on learning experience, the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance and Bluewater Health are teaming up on a collaboratively created critical-care education course.The course is geared to the requirements of today’s intensive care unit registered nurses and includes lectures, simulations, case studies and skills shadowing.“Not only are nurses receiving the fundamentals, they are provided hands-on experience through case studies in a simulation lab,” said Shane Helgerman, the health alliance’s program director of critical care, in a release.Staff were previously sent to out-of-town workshops and online courses to acquire the necessary skills for working in the ICU, with these courses potentially requiring nearly a year to complete.This led the two area hospitals to develop an in-house program to encourage nursing staff to consider a career in the ICU.The course is facilitated by professional practice nurses, a registered respiratory therapist and a stroke co-ordinator, with support from the Neurosurgery Education and Outreach Network.Classes are evenly split between the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance and Bluewater Health to ensure staff at both organizations have easy access.“We hope that by offering the critical-care education course, nurses will feel more confident to consider a position in the ICU knowing they will receive the fundamentals of critical care,” said Lisa Regan, the Bluewater Health program director for critical care.The inaugural session ran in June, with a total of eight participating nurses, and all had “overwhelming positive reviews” for the course, the release stated.The two hospitals plan to repeat the session this fall and are partnering with Lambton College to optimize hands-on learning with the school’s state-of-the-art simulation [email protected]/DailyNewsTTlast_img

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