6 February 2019

Education for Staff at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

By Samantha Alu

Education for Staff at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

Healthcare is always changing and new studies and research are always being published indicating new advances and treatments to be used on patients that increase the chances of a better outcome. At Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital (MBSH) we see the importance of continuing education for our nursing and clinical staff to ensure they have the knowledge to appropriately care for our patients. We continually work with staff on their knowledge and clinical skills so they are confident in performing procedures for our patients, which will decrease the risk of an adverse reaction or outcome.

We are very fortunate to have staff who are certified instructors in many different courses, which allows us to provide top notch education to our staff in our own facility. Each specialty area requires staff to be certified in specific courses. Our ED nurses must take the Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC), which is a very intense course that empowers the nurses with knowledge and skills to provide expert care for trauma patients. This class offers them a 4 year certification so they must take it on a regular basis which allows them to keep up skills and their critical thinking in high intense situations. Staff throughout the hospital, depending on their department, are certified in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Neonatal Resuscitation Program. Staff have to continually recertify for these courses to learn the newest guidelines.

All staff must attend an annual skills fair that is held in October. During this skills lab, we provide hands on refreshers regarding skills and knowledge, such as safe use of restraints, arterial line insertion and care, management and care of a patient with sepsis, care of a peripherally inserted central catheter, and maintenance and care of a wound vac. Staff are able to have hands on experience, ask questions and talk to experts in the room and become more confident in their knowledge and skills.

In 2018 we offered our staff multiple topics of education including shock management, cardiac rhythm monitoring courses, recognizing and treating heart attack patients, cardiac emergencies, and pediatric medical trauma, to name just a few. Staff always enjoy learning and take advantage of the many learning opportunities that are provided to them through Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital.

In healthcare education is very important and at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital we encourage our staff to seek out educational opportunities so they can continue to learn and grow which is in the best interest of our staff and all of our patients.

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