Hospital and Education Partner for a Stronger Future
Wednesday, January 15, 2013 – Healthcare educators from around Southern California gathered together at San Dimas Community Hospital to further existing partnerships in the development of future healthcare professionals. The hospital hosted a luncheon to provide and orientation to their facility and what educators and students need to know to participate in internships at the hospital.
Educators were told what skills the hospital needs, as well as general protocols; so that their students would be a step ahead knowing what was expected of them. Students benefit by being able to ensure that they have the skills that are marketable and useful upon graduation, and are able to meet program requirements for "hands-on" learning, in a very literal sense.
It was made clear that the hospital and the educators were happy to have such an informed and open relationship. As one presenter said, "We've been transparent with this information as we strive to be the best, and we hope your students see that and can help us."
Educators came from Azusa Pacific University, Mt. San Antonio College, The Career Network Institute, West Coast University, Pasadena City College, Concord Career College, the Azusa Adult Education School, and the Career Care Institute, representing programs that are educating future nurses, X-ray technicians, respiratory therapists, and surgical technicians.
The luncheon was the first one held by the hospital to provide such a formal run through, though orientation for the various programs had been provided on a case-by-case basis before. The new forum was both more efficient for communicating the needs of the hospital, and was able to include more information and participation from hospital staff up-front.
Information presented by department heads included a general orientation and welcome and program information, information on infection control, wound care, Medi-Tech orientation, and the SMILE campaign for increasing employee satisfaction and patient experience. A hand sanitization demonstration and practice was conducted to remind everyone that the country is in the midst of flu season and hand hygiene is important. A hospital tour was also conducted, showing off the hospital's newly opened west wing and new equipment.
The luncheon this year was put together by an ER nurse at San Dimas Community Hospital, Sunil Thomas, at the encouragement of the Chief Nursing Officer, Dora Noriega. Sunil recently received his Master's degree in Healthcare Education, and this was a prime opportunity for him to bridge his work nursing and instructing. In discussing the partnership between San Dimas Community Hospital and the institutions, Thomas said "Prime (the parent company of the hospital) encourages new grads as nobody else (does)."