May 7, 2009

SCMH Recognizing National Nurses Week May 6th-12th

Scotland County Memorial Hospital is pleased to honor its nursing staff and to recognize the ongoing contribution to patient healthcare. “On the frontline you’ll find our nursing staff throughout the hospital and also in our three healthcare clinics,” said SCMH public relations director Bud Wilson.

There are currently over 75 nursing staff employees providing healthcare for the citizens in this community and the surrounding area in Scotland County Hospital and the three healthcare clinics.

Carla Cook, RN, DON, is in charge of the SCMH nursing staff and their continued training, development, and certification. Training includes: CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, Advanced Life Support Obstetrics, and other course training programs coming this summer.

Nurses are people who are called upon to make hands-on assessments of the sick and injured and are often the first to come in contact with someone critically ill. “Stat” is an abbreviation for a Latin term meaning: “Sooner Than Already There” and that is often the request made of the SCMH nursing staff.

“Disaster”, “acute”, and “life threatening”, are other terms often used in the day-to-day routine of a nurse which may mean that it’s not going to be just another day at the office.

There are many times in the nursing career that family events will be missed. If you find someone who missed their own daughter or son’s birthday or their child’s graduation ceremony there’s a good chance it was a nurse.

Many departments in the hospital utilize nursing staff in order to function. Everything from the three healthcare clinics, to the emergency room, plus the two SCMH surgery suites, nuclear imaging, cardiac rehab, IV therapy infusion center, outpatient specialist clinics, women’s center, skilled care pediatrics, cradle-of-care birthing center, and the list goes on-and-on of the different areas of healthcare that have a nurse in charge.

“Sooner or later your path will cross with that of a nurse, and we hope your life will be enriched by that experience,” said Wilson. “There is comfort in hearing those famous five words from a nurse… How can I help you?”

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