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6 CNAs at SMH Trained to Teach BCLS

Western Maine Health Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, M. Patricia Cook, RN, MBA, EdD, was pleased to announce that 6 CNAs who are employed at Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH) recently completed training that qualified them teach Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS).


Charnissa Begay, Amanda Little, Kimberly Martin, Sarah Norton, Allison Perkins, and Lynda Smart completed a 2-day intensive basic cardiac life instructor course developed by the American Heart Association.  The class involved hands on learning as well as computer based study.  After passing the test, the 6, all of whom work in the Medical/Surgical Department, are qualified to teach BCLS. 


Anita Day, RN, MSN, Nurse Director of the Medical/Surgical Department is appreciative as well, "We are excited to see our Certified Nurses' Aides stepping up to take on a new role here.  Their willingness to take on this new role shows their strong commitment to the hospital and their pride in their profession.  I congratulate and thank our new instructors!" 


Lynda Smart and Allison Perkins ran a class for co-workers, on May 10th - proving that they were not afraid to jump right into teaching after they had earned their certification. 


Lisa Heald, RN, BSN, Staff Educator shares, "I think especially in a small hospital we learn to appreciate the value in every member of our team, understanding the critical role each has in supporting other members of the team throughout the hospital.  It is exciting to see the Certified Nurses' Aides commit to an important skill and be willing to teach others."



Photo caption:  L-R: Charnissa Begay and Lynda Smart.  Others absent from photo.




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