MedWatch Today: RN Boot Camp trains, prepares nurses at Clovis Community Medical Center

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We all know nurses play such a huge role in a patient’s health care, so it’s important they receive the absolute best training. All new nurses at Clovis Community Medical Center go through “RN Boot Camp”, so they’re prepared to deliver the most excellent care.

This may not look like your typical boot camp. There’s no military commands or orders to do push-ups. Rather, there’s training on how to change the dressing on a patient, and how to measure wounds.

Interim permit nurse Courtney Brown said, “We broke up into different groups, some of it was lecture, some of it was hands on, which I personally really liked. We had some simulations.”

Brown is on her way to becoming a registered nurse. She and 19 other medics spent the day through the extensive and rigorous course.

“There’s a lot of things you learn in nursing school, but then learning hospital policy and whatnot and how to apply it, has all been very interesting,” said Brown.

Elizabeth Woods is a registered nurse clinical educator. She stated, “Whether they’ve been nurses for years, or whether they’re brand new nurses and it’s a way to bring us all together and talk about things that are important to the quality of care that we give to Clovis Community.”

Woods, who has been a nurse herself for 28 years, said the goal of “RN Boot Camp” is to get all the nurses to speak the same language and ensure consistency of care at Clovis Community.

“It focuses on key quality issues that are universal across healthcare, so we focus on making sure that we’re all aware of what the absolute best practices are across things that touch all patients,” said Woods.

The boot camp also allowed the nurses to integrate with one another to learn about the various departments in the hospital.

Brown said, “We were measuring wounds, maybe you don’t see wounds very often, so getting to kinda reassess that hands on stuff with mannequins. We were playing with Alaris pumps, PCA pumps.”

Romy Rosander is a clinical nurse educator in the intensive care unit. She said this program shows how Clovis Community invests in it’s staff’s education.

“We really do want to make sure that they’re adequately prepared to take care of patients in the way that [Community Medical Centers] asks us to standardize our care,” said Rosander.

The “RN Boot Camp” program was put into place about five years ago and continues to expand as the hospital grows.

Woods stated, “Our sessions are 20 persons sessions and because of the increased demand, we’re now offering them every six weeks.”

If she could turn back time, Woods said she wishes she had the opportunity to go through a “RN Boot Camp”.

“I think if I had something like this when I started as a new nurse, my practice would have improved and I would have had an impact not just in my unit, but on other units and on the bigger picture in a different way,” said Woods.

So now, she’s happy to pass along the training, skills, and wisdom to new nurses, like Brown, so they too can thrive and give patients the best line of care.

“Getting to help patients, see them get healthy, we bring life in, we help life go sometimes, and so, just seeing that full circle and getting to take care of people is something that’s definitely rewarding,” ended Brown.

There are so many new nurses at Clovis Community Medical Center, they used to offer the “RN Boot Camp” every three months, but now it’s being taught almost every six weeks.

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