Elizabeth Maurer, a Tele/MedSurg Unit Nursing Assistant, recently completed a Basic Life Support (BLS) class here.
It didn’t take long until she had the opportunity to use her skills.
While on duty, she came upon a patient who needed help. She began compressions — thanks to her training — and saved the patient’s life.
“The patient lived because of her quick thinking and the skills she learned from the BLS in-person classes,” said Shay DiBartolomeo, Director of Education. “Our instructors are highly qualified with years of hands-on experience practicing emergency medicine. We are committed to being a valuable educational resource for our employees and eventually the community by offering emergency medical services training and education.”
Recently named an American Heart Association (AHA) training site, SMC now offers Emergency Cardiovascular Care education courses.
“I’m very proud of this training program,” said DiBartolomeo. “It will give the attendees confidence to act quickly, empower them to take control in an emergency, and save lives.”
Lead Instructor Donald Trauger, MSN, RN, has much experience in emergency medicine as an emergency department RN and director, paramedic, and hands-on AHA instructor. Agnes Galiano, RN, is also an instructor and assists with the ACLS, PALS, and NRP courses.
Available courses include:
- Basic Life Support (BLS)
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP)
These courses are intended for healthcare providers who require a completion card, or people with little or no medical training who require the course completion card for job, regulatory (OSHA), or other requirements, according to DiBartolomeo.
Classes are offered for both first-time certifications and renewals. First-timers must attend classes in person. Renewals can be done online.
To register, contact the Education Department at 856-339-6886.