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Hospital , New Britain EMS partner for paramedic training

New Britain [August 06 2012] - Five students in the New Britain Emergency Medical Services Academy are getting hands-on training and guidance from experienced healthcare professionals at The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC).

As part of the new partnership, students come to the hospital for a three-month clinical internship after completing 690 hours of classroom instruction.

“The clinical internship phase is when the students begin to apply the knowledge obtained in the classroom setting while participating in all aspects of patient care,” said David Koscuk, program director, New Britain EMS Academy.

Students spend three days a week at HOCC rotating among different areas, including the Emergency Department (ED), Critical Care Unit, Labor and Delivery, medical and surgical units and other departments. They learn skills like interviewing and assessing patients, starting IVs and providing wound and skin care. Learning about the different clinical areas is important because paramedics deal with a wide variety of patients and situations, said Nancy Giardina, R.N., nurse educator for The Hospital of Central Connecticut ED.

“We’re giving them opportunities to provide hands-on patient care, with supervision and mentoring from doctors, nurses and other professionals in many different fields,” she said. “The staff at the hospital has been so welcoming. They’re really teaching the students and getting them involved.”

The clinical internship gives students a global view of patient care, since they can see what happens after they bring a patient to the hospital, Giardina added.

“It’s great, because we get to see the continuing-care aspect,” said academy student Lars Irvine of New Britain. “We monitor the patients for hours, so we see what happens from start to finish.”

After completing their clinical internship at the hospital, academy students will do a 250-hour field internship. They’ll then be eligible to take the national paramedic examination.

“The staff at HOCC have been extraordinary to our students. Their mentorship and commitment to the educational process has made this integration very successful,” Koscuk said. “We are deeply appreciative of the ongoing partnership.”

Contact: Nancy Martin, (860) 224-5900, X4366






New Britain EMS Academy student Lars Irvine, left, interviews patient Sharon Weston with Chris Stawski, R.N., HOCC.









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