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Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Holds Clinical Training Day
Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Holds Clinical Training Day

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Holds Clinical Training Day

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital held its annual training day for clinical staff, including community emergency medical technicians, on March 10. Approximately 40 people participated in the event, led by Nan Grant, RN and clinical coordinator/educator. “I’m from Blue Hill and have worked for the hospital for 23 years,” she says.  “I now oversee education for information systems and clinical areas.  Education is a huge part of nursing that can really make a difference for our patients. Many of us are in nursing because we love to teach.”

Sandy Smallidge, RN, who manages the BHMH Emergency Department, appreciates Grant’s commitment to education.   “Professional development is a priority for us,” says Smallidge.  “All of my full-time staff participated in the training.  We attend conferences at the regional, state, and national level to keep our skills up-to-date.  Local events, however, are important for networking.  We get to work side by side with our local paramedics and our colleagues at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC).”

The training day began with trauma rounds in the morning.  Blue Hill Emergency Department personnel, trauma experts from EMMC, and representatives from the local ambulance corps reviewed a series of actual cases to determine what had gone well, and what might be improved in the future.  “Whether someone is in a motor vehicle accident or has a heart attack at home, rural medicine involves caregivers from different organizations.  It’s very important that we function as a team, regardless of what organizations we work for,” says Smallidge.  “For us, it’s all about providing our patients with the best possible care.”

Staff members also updated their skills on various pieces of equipment that are used throughout the hospital. “This was not just for nurses,” explains Grant.  “We want to make sure that others in clinical areas, such as certified nursing assistants (CNAs), understand the importance of our equipment and tell us, for example, if a patient has accidently disconnected or knocked over something that is next to their beds to keep them safe and comfortable.”

Not all of the training took place within the hospital’s walls.  Personnel also benefitted from Maine’s first and only mobile trauma training program.  Housed in a large RV, the Human Patient Simulator (HPS) program was developed and implemented by Maine EMS and The LifeFlight Foundation.  This unique resource allowed hospital and Peninsula Ambulance Corps personnel to work together as a team on the realistic human simulators.   Checking the human simulator’s vital signs and responding to computer-generated mock accident cases, Annie Fitzerald, RN, observed that “even his (the patient simulator’s) pupils dilate.”