In January, the second class of nurses completed the Bayhealth Emergency Department Fellowship. According to a news release, the 20-week program prepares nurses for the challenges of emergency care.
The Emergency Department Fellowship combines classroom education, hands-on training and online learning. A major part of the program is providing patient care with an experienced preceptor, who serves as a teacher working with the fellow.
Current experienced Bayhealth nurses serve as preceptors and guide fellows through the training.
In addition to learning about how to care for patients in an emergency situation, fellows interact with other hospital departments. A patient case in the emergency room may require support from respiratory, maternity, cardiac or other departments.
Fellows learn how departments work together to provide care for patients in complicated situations.
Our fellowship is demanding because we ask our nurse fellows to practice basic skills as well as learn very advanced techniques,” Peter Zingone, RN, ADN, chair of the fellowship program, said in the release. “They must take responsibility for studying and completing online courses outside their regular shifts at the hospital.”