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Deborah Heart & Lung Center and BCC Mentor Future Nurses

Burlington County College (BCC) and Deborah Heart and Lung Center, are proud to celebrate National Nurses’ Week, which each year focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. The theme for this year’s Nurses Week, which is timed to commemorate the birthday of Florence Nightingale is “Nursing Leading the Way.”

Committed to not only the highest professional standards in today’s nursing profession, the teaching faculty at BCC’s Nursing and Allied Health Department, and the nursing staff at Deborah, are equally committed to mentoring the next generation of nurses. For the past seven years the hospital has hosted students during Nurses Week to share an insider look into the profession. This year, Deborah and BCC have partnered, moving the event to the college’s Pemberton campus at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13, in order to expand the range of offerings and experiences for the students.

Students from Camden County Technical School, Pemberton, Cherokee and Seneca High Schools will join the college’s faculty and Deborah’s highly-trained, specialized nursing staff for an intense hands-on experience that combines Deborah’s clinical expertise and Burlington County College’s wide-ranging educational programs.

During their time at the college the students will have a hands-on opportunity to perform CPR on a simulator (Sim-Man), handle cardiac surgical instruments, wear the leaded clothing necessary for nursing in the cath lab, practice taking blood pressure and oxygen levels, see how Emergency Department staff handle splinting and stabilizing broken bones, learn the value of germ control through proper hand washing, experiment with equipment used in diagnosing balance disorders, and experience safe patient handling by using the college’s hoyer lift.

Along the way the students will have an opportunity to speak with nurses and faculty first-hand and learn about the educational requirements to become a nurse, the day-to-day expectations of the job, and the short-term and long-term employment prospects in the field.

“Each year we look forward to sharing our expertise with this group of engaging students,” said Deborah’s Vice President of Patient Care Services, Rita Zenna, RN, MSA, CPHQ. “It is thrilling to be able to partner with the college this year and expand our program and make a bridge that ties education with careers. I hope this partnership continues to grow and thrive.”

“One of Burlington County College’s primary goals is aligning educational programs and workforce needs with direct paths to career success,” said BCC Interim President Dr. David Spang. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our high-demand nursing program and Deborah’s highly-skilled nursing staff to unite and showcase the nursing education and career path for high school students.”