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Southern California School Nurses Refresh Skills at CSUF Nursing Simulation Center
CSU Fullerton School of Nursing (CSUF SON), in collaboration with the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), provided a skills lab workshop for Southern California school nurses on Saturday, September 20, 2014. This workshop was held in the CSUF Nursing Simulation Center and provided a review of clinical skills to enhance school nursing practice. Skill stations included diastat administration, insulin pumps and carbohydrate counting, g-tubes, tracheotomy care, otoscopy and catheterization. This is the second year the skills lab workshop has been offered and both CSUF SON and OCDE plan to make this popular workshop an annual event.
Pictured: Karen Temple M.Ed, RN, PHN discussing GT feeding with Southern California school nurses. Organizers of the workshop include Pamela Kahn MPH, BS, RN (Coordinator, Health and Wellness OCDE); Mary Ann Kelly MSN, RN, PNP (Faculty CSUF SON); Barbara Doyer MS, BSN, RN, PHN, CHSE (Faculty CSUF SON and Nursing Simulation Center and Skills Lab Coordinator).
Kansai University Nursing Students Visit CSU Fullerton
Nursing students from Kansai University of Nursing and Health Sciences in Japan visited California State University, Fullerton School of Nursing on Friday, August 15th. Kathleen Griffith, nursing faculty member, coordinated the visit. Members of the Nursing Student Association (NSA) and Barbara Doyer, nursing faculty member and Coordinator of the United Healthcare Nursing Skills Lab also participated in the visit. The visit included a campus tour, exploration of the simulation center and viewing a simulation lead by Barbara Doyer. Following the simulation the CSUF students shared information on NSA and their experiences as nursing students. Kathleen Griffith presented a seminar on the Entry Level nursing program. Following the presentations, students engaged in a lively exchange of ideas and experiences using translation technology on their smart phones. Getting around language and distance challenges, the students from both universities became fast friends and still maintain virtual contact. The collegiality and leadership displayed by the CSUF students was notable, reflecting professionalism and their Titan Pride.
Community Health Students visit Catalina Island
On 10/22/14, Nursing students completing their Community Health rotation had the opportunity to review Disaster Management Planning on Catalina Island. It was a unique opportunity to get an insider's view of handling disasters and medical emergencies from a rural and isolated location.
The students all boarded Catalina Express and were welcomed by an all terrain Fire Truck in Avalon. Hosts for the event were Captain Gary Black, LA County Fire Department in conjunction with Janet Seebert, RN Disaster Management Coordinator with Catalina Island Medical Center and CSUF's SON Assistant Professor Karla Parsons, who resides on the island and has been on the medical team for over 20 years as a FNP and staff nurse.
The full day included a tour of Station 55 where Capt. Black discussed the island terrain and the difficulties encountered when medical emergencies occur, a tour of the 12 bed hospital and an inservice on Ebola. Other medical team partners for the Island include LA County Baywatch who rescues on land and sea, along with Avalon City Fire Department. The students ended the day with a ride on the Baywatch boat and enjoyed the stories from all entities on Disaster Management.
Students tour Groundwater Replenishing System
During their Public Health Community Nursing clinical rotation, CSUF Fall 2014 nursing students toured the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) and the Orange County Water District (OCWD) plants in Fountain Valley.
The OCSD is a public agency that provides wastewater collection, treatment and recycling for approximately 2.5 million people in central and northwest Orange County and treats an average of 207 million gallons of wastewater each day.
The OCWD and the OCSD have collaborated in a project, the Groundwater Replenishing System (GWRS) which is the world’s largest advanced water purification system for potable water. Treated water from OCSD flows to the OCWD where it undergoes a state-of-the-art three-step purification process to produce near-distilled-quality water. The daily 75 million gallons of water processed is used to create a seawater barrier and deposited in OCWD’s percolation basins where it filters through sand and gravel to the deep aquifers of the groundwater basin.
Recognized for their joint project, these agencies were lauded as global leaders in water reclamation and reuse. Their efforts are a way to reduce regional water insecurity and provide a local drought-proof water supply, necessary as an important public health issue.