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Holy Name Medical Center hosts nurse training program for Haitians

Nurses from a hospital in Haiti recently took part in special training at Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, N.J., that will enable them to teach their peers additional skills, and in turn help improve outcomes for patients. The six nurses, who work in Hôpital Sacrè Coeur in Milot, Haiti, spent a week at Holy Name, according to a news release.
Each nurse is focusing on a different specialty, including health assessments, pathophysiology and med/surg I and II.
“Our goal is to help the clinicians and patients in Haiti, and through providing resources, education and training, we are able to do this,” Judy Kutzleb, vice president of advanced practice professionals, said in the release. “The nurses are developing knowledge, skills and the confidence to perform at a higher level to improve the outcomes of the patients they serve.”
Katzleb spearheaded the program along with Sheryl Slonim, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Holy Name’s CNO.
Hôpital Sacrè Coeur is the largest private hospital in the northern half of Haiti. With 122 beds, it has been treating patients for 30 years and welcomed the first Holy Name volunteers about two decades ago. As more staff and physicians donated their time and services, the hospital started drawing larger numbers of patients and began making clinical and capital improvements, according to the release.
In 2012, after a massive earthquake killed thousands of Haitians and destroyed a good deal of the island’s infrastructure, more Holy Name volunteers began making regular trips to care for patients as well as rebuild and replace critical equipment. In the year after the quake, Holy Name also took over the foundation that funds the hospital and started to help manage it.
Nathalie Dorcin, the CNO at Hôpital Sacrè Coeur, and Elise Bellamour, a fellow nurse and midwife, were among the nurses who spent time at Holy Name. Dorcin said she found the teaching methods varied widely from those in her native country.
“In Haiti, we’re given information that we must read and memorize,” Dorcin said in the release. “Here, there is role-playing, case studies and simulation learning. We will definitely implement some of these techniques at home. Although we don’t have the equipment and facility that they have here in Holy Name, this week has motivated us, and we’ll bring that energy back home with us.”

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