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Mount Marty Students Participate in Pediatric Burn Seminar


Published Date4\8\2011
Mount Marty College nursing students and faculty, along with students and faculty from the University of South Dakota, local EMS providers and other community members participated in a Pediatric Burn Seminar held on April 5 at JoDeans Restaurant.nbsp; Approximately 130 attended the seminar sponsored by the El Riad Shrine organization and supported by Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Lewis Clark Specialty Hospital and the Yankton Medical Clinic.

Jean Merz, Director of Education at Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, conducted the seminar. The training covered sources and types of burn injuries, initial care of burns/wounds, wound care and patient support, pain management, scar management and rehabilitation. Discussion also included the complexities of a burn injury that would necessitate a patients transfer to a specialty burn center.

Mount Marty Junior, Jessica Weitgenant, from Worthington, Minnesota said that the training expanded on some of the basic care for pediatric burns they had covered in her college classes. She Merz showed a lot of visuals about long-term care of burn patients. It was really powerful to see some of those graphic images, and will help prepare me for situations I might experience as a nurse.

According to Mount Marty Assistant Professor of Nursing, Sharon Ann Haas, OSB, the nursing department tries to use programs like the Shriners burn seminar to enhance the nursing programs regular curriculum. We like to take advantage of outside seminars and programs that introduce our students to professionals who have extensive experience in a particular field of care. It really enriches their classroom and clinical work here on campus, Haas said.