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Nurse training at hand

Monday, 23rd August, 2010

* Nurse Unit Manager for the surgical/intensive care ward Geraldine Casey and clinical nurse edu- information. cator Rebecca Dalwood in the hospital’s new training laboratory * Nurse Unit Manager for the surgical/intensive care ward Geraldine Casey and clinical nurse edu- information. cator Rebecca Dalwood in the hospital’s new training laboratory

A new training facility has been established at the local hospital. The “clinical skills lab” will provide a convenient way for clinical staff to practice skills, such as cannulation, venepuncture and advanced life support.

Nurse Educator the Centre for Rural and Remote Education Kelly Dart said all were skills that help staff provide optimal patient care and safety. She said the laboratory offered convenience and accessibility. “There is a Clinical Nurse Educator available Monday to Friday during business hours and we have two after-hours supervisors trained and able to provide education and training support when required,” said Ms Dart.

Local health staff have not had a dedicated facility since the previous education department was closed some 20 years ago and since the new hospital was built. “An advantage of having a skills lab based in the facility is that if staff are needed by their ward they are easily contactable. They do not have to leave the hospital to beable to access education,” said Ms Dart. 

"Staff are at times unable to practice clinical skills or complete competencies in their ward, or department and having a dedicated onsite skills lab will resolve many of those problems.” Ms Dart said another significant advantage is that staff can attend their skill updates and training, including e-learning, on computers in the skillslab.

The skills laboratory currently boasts about $50,000 worth of equipment, much of it provided by the Centre for Rural and Remote Education. Local wards and departments have also provided extra equipment for staff to practice on, such as manual handling equipment, stethoscopes/ sphygmometers and intravenous pumps.

“This is all up to date equipment that can be utilised in patient care at any time,” said Ms Dart. The Centre for Rural and Remote Education Acting Director, ichelePitt, said it was a significant addition to training for staff and would improve education and training capabilities. The skills laboratory was ready for use for the first Certificate III Assistant in Nursing course that started on August 16. 

Fifteen students are involved. “Broken Hill Health Service Director of Nursing Dale Sutton and her staff are to be commended in supporting this initiative and donatingextra equipment for the nursing/medical staff to train with,” said Ms Pitt.

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