AMERICUS (Feb. 6, 2014) – Senior nursing students recently completed pre-Advanced Cardiac Life Support training as part of a new collaboration between Phoebe Putney Health System and the Georgia Southwestern State University School of Nursing.  

Phoebe Putney Health System partners with GSW School of Nursing, leads workshops for nursing student training

AMERICUS (Feb. 6, 2014) – Senior nursing students recently completed pre-Advanced Cardiac Life Support training as part of a new collaboration between Phoebe Putney Health System and the Georgia Southwestern State University School of Nursing. The session was the first of a series of workshops and simulations to help prepare new nurses while allowing them to get a firsthand look at exciting careers at Phoebe.

“We have jointly identified training which is not ‘routine’ in terms of clinical experiences and coursework for our nursing students,” said Sandra Daniel, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing.

“While we understand that beginning nurses will require substantial professional development, post-graduation, we are committed to providing our students with training and experiences designed to better prepare them to be successful in the nursing workforce.”

By combining the education provided by the university with the expertise of Phoebe’s medical professionals, officials hope that the effort will encourage students to consider joining the Southwest Georgia workforce after graduation. Phoebe is also providing opportunities in many areas of the hospital for senior practicums for the GSW nursing students.

“We wanted to get the nursing students excited about what they are doing here and about the career possibilities available to them at Phoebe,” said Cary Burcham, Phoebe’s director of children’s services and clinical liaison with Georgia Southwestern. “We can provide the expertise of experienced nurses who are daily on the front lines of medical care. We hope these efforts are only the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship which will include a number of educational opportunities.”

The Jan. 21 workshop provided pre-Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training to 44 senior students who were divided into four groups and rotated through training. Nursing staff from Phoebe and EMT staff from Americus served as instructors. The training took place in the School of Nursing’s simulation and virtual learning center that was equipped by Phoebe Putney Health System in 2011.

“These students are in their final semester and this was part of their practicum experience,” said Daniel.

The next workshop simulation is planned for February and will be an operating room and orthopedic care training session. Phoebe Sumter Medical Center will also be conducting a rapid assessment and treatment course, which is a six-hour long “hands on” class developed by Phoebe for its nursing and cardiopulmonary staff. The objective of the course is to identify changes in a patient’s condition through rapid assessment and to apply clinical skills necessary to prevent clinical deterioration of a patient. The course teaches the staff and students to utilize a systematic approach to look for and correct immediate threats to life and to establish priorities for patient care.

For more information, contact GSW School of Nursing at (229) 931.2275 or son@gsw.edu.


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Caption—Phoebe Sumter Medical Center Nurse Tracie Akins, RN, watches as Georgia Southwestern nursing students perform CPR on a patient simulator during pre-Advanced Cardiac Life Support training recently.

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