The Clinical Skills Fair keeps healthcare professionals on the lookout
US Army Medical Department Activity Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, held its annual Clinical Skills Fair, December 6-8 at the Winn Army Community Hospital to help medical professionals stay at listening to modern medical practices.
Loresa Crawford, Licensed Practical Nurse Trainer, Hospital Education Team, hosted this year’s fair.
Crawford, who has 21 years of nursing experience, said the skills fair is important because as nurses they need to maintain core skills to help where they can.
“As times change, skills improve and the devices we use are updated,” Crawford said.
Classes included hand washing, nasogastric tube insertion, how to obtain arterial blood gases, PCA pump setup, pressure ulcer identification and care, medication reconciliation, insertion of the catheter, bed transfer and heart rate identification.
Crawford noted that several of the courses are critical to ensuring health care providers remain ready to support soldiers and families.
More than 250 people attended the skills fair.
Clarissa Wise, a board graduate nurse with a master’s degree in nursing, said this was her first time attending and attending the Winn ACH Clinical Skills Fair.
“It was a wonderful learning experience,” she said. I enjoyed all the classes, but especially the arterial blood gas class; which was taught by Dr. [Christopher] Ott. The class was hands-on and you could tell he enjoys teaching.
Wise said it’s important for all nurses to commit to lifelong learning as nursing continues to evolve based on evidence-based practice. She said some of the stations addressed basic skills they use every day, such as hand washing.
“Proper hand washing is still the most effective way to prevent the spread of infection,” she said. “With COVID-19 still a major concern, we also need to remain proficient with nursing skills that we do not use on a daily basis. ”
The mission of the US MEDDAC Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield is to provide high quality health care services in support of the Fort Stewart-Hunter Military Airfield community to enable sustained readiness of Soldiers and maintain the fighting force, keep a medical force ready, and support Families and Soldiers for life.
“Our mission in hospital education is to provide those educational activities that will ensure that our staff are able to provide the safest, highest quality, and most effective patient care,” said Robinson. To find out more, visit winn.tricare.mil/.