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Emergency Fellowship Celebrates Graduates Nurses complete specialized training program


The third class of nurses completed the Bayhealth Emergency Department Fellowship. This 20-week program prepares nurses for the unique challenges of emergency care.

Patients who visit the emergency department are of all ages. They may come in with any one of a variety of illnesses or injuries.

Emergency nurses must be ready for any patient who walks through the door. This environment is demanding and unpredictable. The emergency department uses specialized equipment to treat different issues.

The fellowship combines classroom education, hands-on training, and online learning. A major part of the program is providing patient care with an experienced preceptor, who serves as a teacher working with the fellow.

Current expert Bayhealth nurses serve as preceptors and guide fellows through the training.

Marianne Foard, MS, RN, director of professional recruitment, patient advocacy and service excellence, emphasizes that the Fellowship selection is highly competitive and states, “there is an intense focus on a highly correlated skill set that includes core values and cultural fit.”

In addition to learning about how to care for patients in an emergency situation, fellows interact with other hospital departments. A patient case in the emergency room may require support from Respiratory (breathing or lung), Maternity (pregnancy or newborn), Cardiac (heart), or other departments.

Fellows learn how departments collaborate in a multi-disciplinary approach to provide care for patients in complicated situations.

“Our fellowship program is very robust and demands a great deal of additional education in conjunction with patient care. We ask our nurse fellows to practice basic skills as well as very advanced techniques. The program is centered around the Emergency Nurses Association’s online learning modules, which provide the foundation of the classroom didactic teaching. Additionally, fellows take that knowledge and utilize critical thinking and apply it to bed side patient care,” said Susan Ebaugh, MSN, APN, ACNS-BC, CEN, clinical nurse specialist for emergency and trauma services and architect of the fellowship program, and Peter Zingone, ADN, RN, chair of the fellowship program.

For more information about the Emergency Department Fellowship at Bayhealth, call 302-744-6485.

In the photo, L to R:
Front row: Bonnie Perratto, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, senior vice president and chief nursing executive; Dennise Washington, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, clinical nurse specialist for emergency and trauma services, Milford and Smyrna; Peter Zingone, ADN, RN, chair of fellowship program; Susan Ebaugh, MSN, APN, ACNS-BC, CEN, clinical nurse specialist for emergency and trauma services, and chair of fellowship program; Sandee Gelven, MSN, RN, CEN, director of emergency & trauma services.

Back row: Karen O'Toole, RN, BSN, CEN,  nurse manager at MMH emergency department; David Twigg, RN (fellow-MMH); Linda Stamp, RN, CEN (preceptor-MMH); Ann-Marie Burton, RN (fellow-MMH); Renee Mercier, RN, CEN (preceptor-KGH); Sintia Rodriguez, RN (fellow-KGH), Chelsa O'Donnell, BSN, RN (fellow-KGH); Amanda Gosch, RN, CEN, (preceptor-KGH); Jessica Savage, RN (fellow-KGH); Dawn Wheway, BSN, RN (preceptor-KGH); Kathryn Jordon, RN (fellow-KGH); Lauren Rainey, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN (preceptor-KGH); Amy Roach, RN (fellow-KGH); Cheryl Magee, MS, BSN, RN, nurse manager-KGH emergency department.
Not pictured: Karen Cessna, RN (fellow-MMH); Suzanne Hurd, BSN,RN,LNC,CEN; Amy Blankenship, BSN, RN (preceptors-MMH); Kevin Wiley, RN


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