Sask Polytech training ER nurses

Jason Kerr/Daily Herald. Patients heading to the Victoria Hospital emergency department with non-life threatening injuries could face a few delays as staff deals with a backlog of visitors.

A new program being offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic will help to train nurses new to the emergency room.

The 15-week emergency nursing program is for Registered Nurses who want to specialize in emergency room care, and it will soon be mandatory training for all new Prince Albert Parkland ER nursing staff.

The course is just the latest in a partnership between the college and the health region that sees on-site training and program development that benefits students, nurses and patients.

‘We’ve had a longstanding partnership with Prince Albert Parkland Heath Region,” said dean of the school of nursing and the school of health sciences, Netha Dyck.

“I think the partnership is critical to ensure our programs remain relevant and of high quality and that our student receive a positive learning experience.”

The programs use lab simulations and clinical practice with the health region.

“The health region literally provides hundreds of placements each year,” Dyck said.

In addition to the new emergency nursing course, those partnerships include critical care and operating room instruction.

The emergency room nursing course will help train new nurses so they’re ready right away.

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