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    Hospital nurses complete critical care course

    March 16, 2010

    ROME – Ten registered nurses at Rome Memorial Hospital graduated from a 72-hour critical care course offered by the hospital’s Education Department.

    The graduates include Natalie A. Beratta, Amanda Brown, Babette Clapper, Jeffrey Dolan, Lisa Duda, Andrew Graziano, Charles Ingerson, Kimberly Paciello, Tracey Piccola and Tiffany Prescod.

    The class, offered free to hospital nurses, teaches the latest evidence-based practices for the care of critically ill patients and is a hospital requirement for all nurses staffing a critical care unit. The course provides in-depth knowledge of cardiac, circulatory and coronary care medicine. It was taught by Richard Simpson, RN, CCRN, the hospital’s critical care coordinator.

    The nurses studied cardiac rhythms, electrocardiography interpretation, cardiopulmonary emergencies, cardiovascular pharmacology, general coronary care and cardiac teaching, sepsis, septic shock, and hemodynamic instability.

    “Because the hospital is committed to the continuing education of its staff, the Education Department provides several opportunities a year for employees to advance their professional knowledge and skills,” Simpson said.