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Published on September 25, 2006

Valley West Community Hospital Welcomes Nursing Students

September 25, 2006

Valley West Community Hospital Welcomes Nursing Students

Pictured (left to right) are: Mike
Nash, Luisa Cruz, Rana Salinas,
Karen Hankins, Holly Hosey,
Dawn Hall and Ashley Veliz.

Valley West Community Hospital welcomes first year nursing students from Waubonsee Community College. Since the beginning of September, seven students, under the supervision of Waubonsee Instructor, Carol Wahlstrom, have been working two days a week in both the Medical/Surgical and Intensive Care units. While the majority of their time is spent in these two units, the students are also able to spend time learning and observing in the Emergency Room, Diagnostic Imaging and Stress Lab.

For the beginning nursing students, the clinical experience at Valley West centers around the application of skills learned during their clinical labs, including physical assessment of patients. Earlier this week, a patient was admitted to hospital through the Emergency Room, where a student was working and able to observe. The next day, the same student was able to examine the patient, the next step in the process. “I want them to see what it means to be admitted and understand the whole experience,” says Wahlstrom. In addition to the practice of skills learned during clinical labs, Wahlstrom’s students are also learning time management, setting priorities, working as a patient advocate, and team work.

Valley West Community Hospital hosts Waubonsee Community College students four times every year, beginning in late summer. “It’s a great hospital to teach in. There are continuous improvements and are always adding new doctors. It’s a good environment for them to learn because of the team work and genuine concern people show for their patients,” Wahlstrom says. In addition to hosting nursing students, the Valley West hospital Auxiliary annually offers scholarship to students pursing a career in any of the allied medical fields who live in a community served by the Valley West Community Hospital. This year, five students collectively received $9,000 in scholarships from the Valley West Hospital Auxiliary.

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