A special guest made an appearance at Nason Hospital in Roaring Spring to help the hospital's maternity nursing staff increase education and training for emergency situations. Noelle, Conemaugh Health System's birthing simulator, provides staff the opportunity to practice real-life scenarios that are typically not experienced on a daily basis.
“Running drills with the patient simulator is important so we are prepared to help our patients,” says Sharon Hanlon, RN, Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Nason’s maternity unit, and a labor and delivery nurse for over 25 years. “Before Nason Hospital joined Conemaugh, our lessons were all on paper and discussing what we would do in certain scenarios. Now, we are able to provide our staff hands-on experience as part of training.”
Nason Hospital’s maternity unit employs 19 nurses who help deliver over 450 babies per year. Experience with Noelle assists staff in developing policies and procedures to care for pregnant women.
“We have developed a new policy for imminent delivery outside of our maternity unit, such as in the Emergency Department,” says Lori Smith, RN, RNC, MSN, Service Line Director of Women’s / Child Health at Nason Hospital. “We run drills in various areas of the hospital and identify areas for improvement. Simulation allows our staff to visualize the treatment that needs provided so they are more comfortable with performing it when needed. This is very helpful in situations such as CPR on expectant mothers, post-partum hemorrhage, and neonatal resuscitation.”
In addition to utilizing patient simulators, Nason Hospital maternity staff is benefiting from learning conferences hosted by Dr. Adib Khouzami, Perinatologist with Conemaugh Physician Group – OB / Gyn. The conferences provide Nason with in-depth education from basic care to understanding the needs of high-risk patients.
The additional training enhances the quality care already provided by Nason’s maternity staff. “It’s all about patient care,” says Hanlon. “It is such an honor to be part of each mother’s delivery as she welcomes her baby to the world.”
“You have to love what you do,” says Smith. “Helping deliver babies and caring for the mothers is always exciting. Our goal is to be continuous learners and enhance our skills so we can provide the absolute best care for our patients.”
Noelle is a member of Conemaugh Health System’s simulator family, housed at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Medical Skills Learning Center (MSLC). The MSLC is one of only 77 simulation centers in the world accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a Comprehensive Education Institute. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and simulation tools, the lab creates a safe, risk-free environment where physicians, residents, medical students, and nursing and allied health students can master skills from basic patient assessment to complex life-saving procedures.
About Conemaugh Health System
Conemaugh Health System, a member of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, is the largest healthcare provider in west central Pennsylvania, serving over a half-million patients each year through the Conemaugh Physician Group and Medical Staff, a network of hospitals, specialty clinics and patient focused programs. Conemaugh’s 4,500+ employees and 350+ physicians are committed to excellence and repeatedly earn state and national recognition for exceptional clinical outcomes. Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, the system’s flagship hospital, provides sophisticated technology, the highest levels of trauma and neonatal intensive care and a committed history of training tomorrow’s physician, nurses and allied health providers.