MADISON — In the past, nurses, mid-levels (Physician Assistants/Nurse Practitioners) and doctors at Boone Memorial Hospital would travel off-site to receive certifications in BLS (Basic Life Support), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support). However, now BMH offers in-house education for its medical personnel.
BMH employees Beth Blosser, RN, Joe Thompson, RN, Stuard Haugen, RN and Kevin Hill, PA attended classes to become Instructors. Jerry Quisenberry, PA, who worked at BMH before going to WV Family Wellness in Madison, along with Blosser and Hill were the first to become Instructors.
“We felt if we could offer education on-site it would be less stressful for our colleagues. Now they don’t have to travel off-site and are in a comfortable setting with their peers and coworkers,” said Blosser. “Our goal was to make the classes student friendly and fun while teaching ways to improve patient care; it’s important that we make sure all of our medical staff are well-trained and have better skills,” she explained.n Madison, along with Blosser and Hill were the first three to become Instructors.
Instructors like Blosser, Thompson, Haugen, Hill and Quisenberry are required to teach at least two classes of each of the three disciplines (BLS, ACLS and PALS) per year and they must be recertified every two years.
“We are registered with the American Heart Association (AHA) as Instructors and Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) is our main training site. BMH basically falls under the CAMC umbrella. We are recognized as being able to hold courses; the AHA can audit us at any time,” said Blosser.
Blosser explained that Basic Life Support (BLS) is the basis for all resuscitation.
“Good CPR and early recognition of a patient in distress is vital and it lays the groundwork for PALS and ACLS. The AHA revamped all of their programs in 2010 and made a lot of changes, therefore we had a lot more classes. The AHA stresses the importance of Basic Life Support for successful resuscitation in adults and children.”
Haugen and Thompson teach all of the BLS classes. Haugen was a paramedic before becoming a nurse and Thompson is a member of the Danville Volunteer Fire Department, which gave both nurses an edge as Instructors.
Medical staff and even EMS/Medics are welcome to attend the classes held at BMH. A small fee for materials may apply.
“Our staff is very appreciative of the fact that Mr. Mullins, our Administrator, and the Board of Directors do not charge BMH employees any fees. Not only do they cover our cost, they even let us take the classes on the clock. We couldn’t ask for a better situation; it’s a great perk,” said Blosser.
Just this month the following medical professionals either became PALS certified for the first time or completed their recertification; Congrats to Dr. Jennifer Hensley, Dr. James Stollings, Dr. James Walker, Dr. Philip Galapon, Kelli Canterbury, RN, Melinda Stover, RN, Barbara Parker, RN, Kelly Jarrell, RN, Ladie Burke, RN, Melanie Harper-Allen, FNP and Hollie Goodwin, RN.
For more information about BLS, PALS or ACLS at Boone Memorial Hospital, please contact Beth Blosser at 304-369-1230 x295.