Local nurses take part in program before starting career

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New nurses at Saint Joseph and Redwood Memorial Hospitals got a lesson in tracheostomy and chest tube care today.

It’s part of an 18-week long orientation program called Versant. The nation-wide program ensures new nurses are completely knowledgeable with their new surroundings before beginning their careers.

There are 11 nurses in this year’s course. Each has graduated with their license and degree within the last year. Once the residents graduate the program in December, they will be ready to begin their career at one of the local hospitals.

Today’s lesson was one of the most high-risk skills nurses have to perform. Dianna Ramsey, the assistant manager for clinical education said these procedures were selected because they’re not performed often, but require a lot of skill.