Donation provides training dollars to Elliot Lake hospital

By Rosalind Russell – The RBC Foundation has donated a $10,000 gift to the St. Joseph’s General Hospital Foundation to help train nurses in advanced cardiac life support and Indigenous cultural education.

Hospital Chief Nursing Executive Leslie Sanders says they are grateful for the gift, which will enable ten nurses in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit to receive the necessary training.

She adds it will also provide for the purchase of an advanced airway mannequin.  

Held in honour of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, National Nursing Week runs May 6 to 12 and is designed to increase the awareness of the many contributions nursing makes to the well-being of Canadians.  

Advanced airway placement is needed in our Emergency department, Intensive Care Unit, Obstetrical and Surgical Programs, adds Sanders.  

“This skill is vital to the safe provision of care, and this mannequin will help to ensure nurses have a way to practice the skill under the supervision of our educator.”

The gift is part of the RBC Foundation’s overall $6 million commitment this year for reskilling, upskilling, and improving the resiliency of nurses and healthcare workers at Canadian hospitals across the country.

“As we navigate changing and emerging healthcare challenges, we at RBC believe that investing in the development and upskilling of nurses is critical to improving the quality of patient care and patient outcomes,” says Kim Ulmer, RBC Regional President. We’re honoured to continue to support our resilient and compassionate healthcare workers who take care of us in our deepest times of need.”

Photos: Photo 1: St. Joseph’s nurses Milan (IPAC RN), Kaliegh (ER/ICU RN) and Davlin (ICU RN) posing with their supply cart.

Photo 2: St. Joseph’s nurses Victoria (Med/Surg RN [left]) Melanie’s (Med/Surg RN)(middle) and Amanda (Med/Surg/CCU RPN [right]) Photos provided

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