MHC’s nurs­ing pro­gram sched­uled to par­tic­i­pate in Ru­ral Skills Day

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Health - CON­TRIB­UTED

Nurs­ing and para­medic stu­dents from Medicine Hat Col­lege (MHC) will learn the ropes of ru­ral health care on Tues­day, Sept. 25 at the Bow Is­land Hospi­tal.

Stu­dents will see what it takes to work in a ru­ral hospi­tal. They will be given a tour of the fa­cil­ity, and ac­cess to staff and hands-on learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Also on-site will be the STARS sim­u­la­tion bus, a mo­bile emer­gency room that repli­cates com­plex med­i­cal con­di­tions.

“Ru­ral nurses are ex­pert gen­er­al­ists. They have a wide-range of skills and know how to do ev­ery­thing from de­liver a baby to man­age a pa­tient ex­pe­ri­enc­ing car­diac ar­rest,” says JoDee Wentzel, in­struc­tor at MHC. “The Ru­ral Skills Day will pro­vide our stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to learn and re­ally see what it takes to be a health care provider in a ru­ral com­mu­nity.”

Wentzel, who teaches a ru­ral nurs­ing course, ad­mits that she got the con­cept for the event from the Ru­ral Health Pro­fes­sions Ac­tion Plan (RhPAP), a col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ship that ad­vo­cates for smaller com­mu­ni­ties through­out Al­berta to have greater ac­cess to health care.

“They are very sup­port­ive of what we are do­ing and have been ea­ger to get in­volved. They will be host­ing a lunch and in­for­ma­tion ses­sion for us on Ru­ral Skills Day. It’s nice to have part­ners like RhPAP, the Bow Is­land Hospi­tal, and the Bow Is­land Health Foun­da­tion come on board and en­hance our stu­dents’ learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Wentzel is op­ti­mistic that the stu­dents will see the ben­e­fits of work­ing in a ru­ral hospi­tal and will be ea­ger to pur­sue this av­enue.

For more on the nurs­ing pro­gram and ru­ral nurs­ing ed­u­ca­tion, please visit www.prairiepos­ E-edi­tion, Oct. 1, Page B7 for the story in our spe­cial Meet Our Prairie Peo­ple sec­tion.

Pho­tos con­trib­uted

Stu­dents from the Medicine Hat Col­lege Nurs­ing pro­gram were in Bow Is­land get­ting a first hand and hands on look at the nu­ances of be­ing in a ru­ral hospi­tal set­ting.

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