From Left to Right:
Jennifer Lowery, RN ER Nurse Educator, Kelly Ramos, RN, Amanda Berry, RN, Shawn Mcloughlin, RN, Nicole Crohan, RN, Hannah Ferreira, RN, Denise Rubel, RN, Natalie Housley, RN, Carley Clinton, RN, Anna Martinez, RN, Kendall Hodgins, RN, and Lindsay Martin, RN Nurse Manager of Emergency and Trauma Services
Daytona Beach – If you want great nurses you have to invest in educating them to work in the only largest emergency department and only trauma center in the area. Nine Daytona State College Nursing School graduates and One Florida State College Nursing School graduate chose to grow their careers at Halifax Health. They came to Halifax Health partially because of the new Emergency Nurse Residency Program. The one year program, the only in the area, features four hours of didactic learning each week taught by physician and nurse subject matter experts. “The education partners with the nurses’ regular shift work and focuses on more advanced training in emergency and trauma care for new emergency department nurses to enhance their skill set,” according to Lindsay Martin, RN, Nurse Manager of Emergency and Trauma Services. In addition, the nurses will complete the following certifications; Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, National Institute of Health Stroke Training, Trauma Nursing Core Course, Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course, and Certified Emergency Nurse.
The program was such a success that Halifax Health will be starting a new cohort every six months. The education curriculum is designed to prepare the nurses for the Certified Emergency Nursing Exam. This first cohort has had a 100% pass rate for their trauma course and will graduate from the program in December 2020. The next eight nurse cohort will start their residency this July. The cohorts will run simultaneously to enhance support, training, and teamwork. “An Emergency Department is only as good as its nurses, physicians and ancillary staff who are there to provide life saving care 24-7, 365 days a year,” said Stephen Viel, MD and Emergency Services Medical Director.
Recognized as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ in the United States by IBM Watson Health™, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, two community hospitals, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization. Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Center for Transplant Services, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born earlier than 28 weeks. For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.