GPHC laun­ches Emer­g­en­cy Nur­sing Spe­ci­al­ty Pro­gram

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

An evi­dent gap bet­ween doc­tors and nur­ses in the de­li­ve­ry of Emer­g­en­cy Ca­re at the Ge­or­ge­to­wn Pu­blic Hos­pi­tal Cor­po­ra­ti­on (GPHC) was the dri­ving for­ce be­hind the in­tro­duc­ti­on of an in­au­gu­ral Emer­g­en­cy Nur­sing Spe­ci­al­ty Pro­gram.

The pro­gram, which was in the ma­king for the past three ye­ars, was spe­ar­he­a­ded by GPHC’s Head of Emer­g­en­cy, Dr. Zul­fi­kar Bux, who se­cu­red sup­port from the Van­der­bilt Me­di­cal Cen­tre in the Uni­ted Sta­tes. Dr. Bux himself, among others, was a be­ne­fi­ci­a­ry of Spe­ci­a­list Emer­g­en­cy trai­ning from the Van­der­bilt Me­di­cal Cen­tre. With doc­tors so trai­ned, it be­ca­me gla­ring that the­re was a need for nur­ses to al­so be si­mi­lar­ly trai­ned in or­der for emer­g­en­cy ca­re to be im­pro­ved. Ac­cor­ding to Dr. Bux, “Our nur­ses we­re not up to standard, but for me as Head of De­part­ment it was my man­da­te to en­su­re that we brought you to a le­vel that is ex­pec­ted, so that we can de­li­ver to­gether ef­fec­ti­ve and emer­g­en­cy ca­re,” re­la­ted Dr. Bux. Ac­cor­ding to Bux, “From day one, my chal­len­ge was to fi­gu­re out a way to get this hap­pe­ning…” es­pe­ci­al­ly sin­ce the­re was not much lo­cal sup­port forth­co­ming. But ac­cor­ding to the Head of Emer­g­en­cy he was dri­ven by his desi­re to ma­ke what seem im­pos­si­ble pos­si­ble. Ho­we­ver with the sup­port from Van­der­bilt a spe­ci­a­list emer­g­en­cy pro­gram for nur­ses has now been re­a­li­zed with doc­tors and nur­ses being ab­le to work to­gether to re­sus­ci­ta­te pa­tients and do so very swift­ly. Dr. Bux, in de­tai­ling the jour­ney to whe­re the pro­gram is to­day, ex­pres­sed sa­tis­fac­ti­on about the ac­com­plish­ment du­ring which he dis­clo­sed that Dean of the Fa­cul­ty of Health Scien­ces, Dr. Ema­nu­el Cum­mings, hel­ped with the for­mu­la­ti­on of a strong cur­ri­cu­lum that was ac­cep­ted and even­tu­al­ly ap­pro­ved by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Gu­y­a­na. “It was a very im­por­tant step in get­ting to the right pla­ce…I per­so­nal­ly went through a re­si­d­en­cy and I know what are the be­ne­fits of re­si­d­en­cy… “I am not trying to beat down the sy­s­tem in any­way but by go­ing and get a de­gree from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Gu­y­a­na or any Uni­ver­si­ty, it ta­kes you to a le­vel but does not gi­ve you that com­ple­te­ness to be­co­me a well roun­ded pro­fes­si­o­nal,” re­la­ted Dr. Bux. Ac­cor­ding to Pa­ra­me­dic/ Emer­g­en­cy Nur­se of the Van­der­bilt Me­di­cal Cen­tre, Dr. Jes­si­ca Van Me­ter, who hel­ped with the re­a­li­za­ti­on of the pro­gram, the­re is still much hard work to do over the next two ye­ars.

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