2013 Meriter Pro/Am Expands Training Opportunities for Healthcare Professionals
Golfers know that to improve their game it takes practice to figure out the right approach to any given shot. Practice and skills training are also important tools used to educate nursing students and other medical professionals at the Center for Nursing Excellence.
A critical sense of urgency fills the room as efforts to locate the patient’s pulse fail. Within seconds, a nurse begins the grueling 100 chest compressions per minute to keep the patient’s blood flowing throughout his body. Another nurse quickly retrieves a heart defibrillator, positions the paddles on the patient’s chest, and firmly yells, “Clear!” A sigh of relief fills the room as the heart monitor returns to a steady beep.
The “patient” is a computerized, training simulation mannequin housed at the Center for Nursing Excellence, which is located near the West Beltline Highway in Madison. The skills lab is a collaborative partnership between Meriter Hospital, Edgewood College, and St. Mary’s Hospital. The Center was created in 2009 to meet the growing demand for education and training of area nursing students, practicing nurses and other health care providers.
This year, proceeds from the Pro/Am will benefit the Center for Nursing Excellence, specifically for the purchase of a new adult patient simulation mannequin. Currently, the Center operates four mannequins – adult, birthing mother, pediatric and infant models. Each year, more than 1,700 students and care providers receive training, and an additional mannequin will increase the Center’s capacity to educate more medical professionals in our community.
The 2013 Meriter Pro/Am Golf Classic will take place on Wednesday, June 5, at University Ridge Golf Course. For sponsorship information, please contact Courtney Crites, Director of Corporate & Foundation Giving at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608.417.5304.
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