Hospital skills event helps keep professionals up to date

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Plans for Sutherland Harris Memorial’s 6th annual skills event are well underway.


Local health care workers will be sharing their knowledge on April 9 at Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital in Pictou.

There are 18 confirmed presenters taking part in the event, which gets underway at 5:30 p.m. and concludes at 9 p.m.

This event enables nursing professionals to stay current though continued learning and improving their skills.

Maria Langille, licensed nurse in the Restorative Care Unit at the hospital and coordinator of the skills night said the event takes place to keep nurses up to date with new health care service.

“It keeps us up to date with any new education.”

The topics for this skills event and for the monthly Points to Pay in-services are generated from the staff at Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital with some input from the nearby nursing homes. The Points to Pay in-services are usually held twice a month and last about an hour. The April 9 session and monthly in-services are open to all health care professionals.

Each year there are new topics of skills presented, although some skill topics are ever changing and need to be repeated. For example, wound care is always coming up with innovative new ideas, so it is featured again and again and is always a popular station. Some of the topics include wound management, staff health, apps for health care workers, VON and the role of the nurse, CPAP tricks, Lifeline and bedside swallowing assessments are to name a few.

She said the speakers will talk about things like respiratory therapy and heart attack assessments.

Another topic will be about how nurses can stay healthy while on the job, with things such as getting enough sleep and eating well, she said.

“If you tweak someone with education, it will make them want to learn more.”

“Knowledge is a big thing… Medicine is always changing.”

Last year approximately 45 people attended the skills night. Organizers expect to see that many attend again this year.

“There is quite a broad amount of people coming.”

She said as many as 50 to 60 nurses may come through, and the amount of presenters has increased from having 10 to 12 in past years.  

“The more people who come, the more the information gets out.”

Organizations: Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital in Pictou, Restorative Care Unit, Memorial Hospital

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