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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).
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.