Stand­ing com­mit­tee on Health plan Skills Week­end

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The Drumheller Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Health (DSCH) is be­ing proac­tive in sup­port­ing AHS in attraction of health­care pro­fes­sion­als and is plan­ning to host a skills event this fall.

The com­mit­tee is work­ing on host­ing a Skills Week­end, with sup­port from the Ru­ral Health Pro­fes­sion­als Ac­tion Plan. They are look­ing at invit­ing stu­dent nurses from Al­berta post sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions, as well as lo­cal Hope Col­lege Li­censed Prac­ti­cal Nurs­ing and Nurs­ing At­ten­dant stu­dents to the val­ley for a week­end of ed­u­ca­tion on Septem­ber 28 and 29.

“We have a con­sul­tant that started this con­ver­sa­tion when we struck this stand­ing com­mit­tee,” said com­mit­tee chair­per­son David Schin­nour. “I in­vited her to a meet­ing and she sug­gested we run a Skills Week­end. We thought this would be a prime op­por­tu­nity to see if we can at­tract some soonto-be grad­u­ated nurses to Drumheller.”

He ex­plains that of­ten ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties like Drumheller are faced with the chal­lenge of at­tract­ing and re­tain­ing health pro­fes­sion­als.

“It is a chal­lenge not only to get them here but to re- tain them. A young gradu- ated nurse is a pro­fes­sional,” he said. “If you are a re­cently grad­u­ated RN, LPN or nurses as­sis­tant it is a pretty easy thing to get a job any­where in Al­berta. Un­for­tu­nately, we al­ways have peo­ple in tran­si­tion at our Drumheller hospital, and that is of­ten true of any ru­ral com­mu­nity.”

He said the goal of hav­ing a skills day is to ex­pose the stu­dents to ru­ral medicine and the com­mu­nity.

He says the event goes be­yond just the skills day, they will meet peo­ple at the hospital and take a tour, as well as see the val­ley. They are look­ing at invit­ing a guest speaker and host­ing a mixer. “We want to make it unique and fun and some­thing they would want to talk about when they leave here,” said Schin­nour. “I think it will be a great thing for Drumheller and some­thing we will turn into an an­nual event.”

If any­one from the com­mu­nity has an in­ter­est in help­ing out at the Skills day, they can con­tact David Schin­nour at 1 (403) 820-0622 or Bob Sheddy at 403.323.2222

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