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Scottsdale Healthcare launches Air Force critical care nurse fellowship

Monday December 9, 2013
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The U.S. Air Force Critical Care & Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Healthcare was dedicated Oct. 31 during a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Maj. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, RN, MSN, assistant Air Force surgeon general for medical force development and chief of the USAF Nurse Corps, according to a
news release.

Based in the Military Training Center at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the fellowship is the only one of its kind in a civilian hospital, and one of only two in the U.S. A similar program is offered at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas.

“The need to prepare nurses who are ready for all contingencies never ends,” said Hogg in a news release. “As a matter of fact, it becomes more critical as well as more challenging. Programs like these here at Scottsdale Healthcare help us maintain clinical proficiencies not available within our own military treatment facilities.”

The 12-month-long fellowship includes five weeks of in-depth classroom education followed by hands-on learning with preceptors in the specialty care units and Level I Trauma Center at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center. It is designed for five to seven participants. Air Force Nursing Fellows also complete rotations to gain experience in areas such as burn ICU, PICU and pre-hospital care at affiliated sites.

By the end of the fellowship, nurses emerge as experienced critical care and emergency trauma nurses with the education, clinical skills and confidence to care for the highest acuity patients, according to a Scottsdale Healthcare spokesperson.

Scottsdale Healthcare’s Military Partnership provides military medical personnel with training, education and the clinical experience needed to perform successfully in combat and humanitarian missions while building relationships that can be used in potential disaster response situations. More than 1,900 service members have been trained.