Bayhealth recently celebrated the graduating nurses of the summer Critical Care Fellowship. The fellowship provides nurses working in critical care settings an opportunity to further learn what working in critical care entails and a solid foundation for working within these nursing units at Bayhealth.
Graduates of the fellowship work in one of several critical care units at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus and Bayhealth Milford Memorial, including Intensive Care Units and Intermediate Care Units. The fellowship also prepares medical-surg nurses for work on acuity-adaptable nursing units for when the Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus opens in 2019.
Fellowships at Bayhealth help prepare new nurse graduates for careers in critical care. The programs also help current nurses hone their skills in caring for complicated patients in critical care settings. Critical Care Coordinator Holly Dapias, RN, BSN, CCRN, says it’s important for Bayhealth to offer opportunities for professional development to staff, especially new nurses. “This fellowship teaches young nurses, and nurses new to critical care, how to care for extremely ill patients,” Dapias said. “Our staff is driven to provide the best care possible to our patients and the community, and this means furthering our staff’s education so they’re prepared to provide safe and exceptional patient care.”
Nurses Matt Patzek, RN, BSN, and Lindsay Irrgang, RN, became first-time critical care nurses when they joined Bayhealth last year. Patzek works in the Intensive Care Unit at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus while Irrgang works in Intermediate Care at Bayhealth Milford Memorial. The fellowship has helped them better understand the ins and outs of working in critical care, and aided them in improving their critical thinking skills. “I love the high acuity of working in critical care, the sense of urgency and watching people get better,” Irrgang said. “I was born a nurse. Ever since I was a child, I would take care of anyone that would let me. I’m at my best in the service of others.”
Patzeck echoed her sentiments. “I like being able to give care to and help people in what is one of their most difficult points in their lives. I feel I can really make a difference in their lives,” he said.
The Critical Care Fellowship is just one example of how leadership supports the development of staff, which ultimately improves the care Bayhealth provides to the community. Visit Bayhealth.org/Careers for information on opportunities available and the benefits available to staff at Bayhealth.
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