Bayhealth is proud to announce the graduation of the first Inpatient Rehab Fellowship at Bayhealth Milford Memorial. The fellowship is designed to provide specialized training for nursing staff in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at the hospital.
“The fellowship was needed in rehab to assist the new graduate nurses in increasing their knowledge base centered on the needs of a rehab patient,” said Inpatient Rehab Nurse Manager Kimberly Beddow, MSN, RN, CNML. “Rehab nurses must know how to educate patients and their care partners to attain and maintain maximum function with their new disability or limitation physically and mentally.” The program also educates the new registered nurses to instruct and educate their patient on how to manage the new self-care skills needed to return home. By developing these skills, rehab nurses help patients prepare, adjust and strive in their new norm, Beddow said.
Previously rehab nurses participated in Bayhealth’s Med-Surge Fellowship; however, with a new influx of nurses in the rehab this past year, it was becoming more difficult to get them in the fellowship program. Therefore, the fellowship program for rehab nurses was developed. Beddow and clinical coordinators on the unit worked with Clinical Nurse Specialist Dennise Washington, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN; Clinical Practice Leader Michele Beauchamp, BSN, RN, CMSRN; and Senior Director of Patient Care Services Andrea Holecek, EdD, MSN, MBA, APRN, AOCNS, NE-BC, to develop the program. “This is an important investment in our nurses and is helping them further develop the specialized skills it takes to work in the rehab,” Holecek said. Throughout the fellowship, nurses from a variety of backgrounds in the organization lent a hand in teaching the fellows. Presentations on neuro, stroke, vascular, pain management, and more were held to help the fellows learn about the varied areas of care they provide. The program will run again in the spring.
The nurses in the fellowship program were appreciative of the opportunity. “This program reinforces the work that we’re already doing on the floor,” said Christian Tattersall, RN. Fellow new graduate nurse Erica Myers, RN, agreed. “I’m already making connections from what we learned in the fellowship to what we do on the unit. I’m able to hone the skills I’ve already learned and make little adjustments to become a better nurse,” Myers said.
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