Women’s, Children’s Services Revamps fellowship


In an effort to recruit new nurses and to provide current staff with additional education, Bayhealth’s Women’s and Children’s Services revamped an old fellowship program at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus. The first class of fellowship nurses recently graduated.

“We wanted to recruit new nurses to our Birth Center at Kent, and we wanted to provide both new recruits, as well as some of our current staff nurses throughout our service line, with in-depth educational opportunities to provide a firm foundation for their practice,” said Special Care Nursery and Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Sarah Knavel, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC.

The nurses who participate in the Women’s and Children’s Fellowship Program learn through hands-on training, simulation learning experiences, online education, and more formal classroom-style teaching. These learning opportunities are also offered to current Women’s and Children’s staff members to help enrich their knowledge.

“The nurses also complete their mandatory courses while participating in the fellowship,” said Labor and Delivery/Women’s Services Clinical Nurse Specialist Melody Wireman, RNC-OB, MSN, APRN. “This includes the basic arrhythmia course, ACLS, neonatal resuscitation, and STABLE.” STABLE stands for sugar, temperature, airway, blood pressure, lab work, and emotional support, which are the main components of the course.



Wireman said four days of the program focus on the essentials of obstetrics (OB). This comprises basic OB topics of fetal monitoring and the labor process as well as complications of OB. Another day is dedicated to education related to newborns that also focuses on both regular care and complications.

To further their learning and education, the fellows worked in groups to develop evidence-based posters, which they presented as part of their graduation. The poster topics included obesity and pregnancy; non-pharmacological pain management during labor; and sudden unexpected post-natal collapse.

“I’m pleased that we’re able to offer this valuable program to our staff,” said Senior Director of Women’s and Children’s Services Ronnie Kopec, RN, MS, NE-BC. “I’m also proud of our first graduating class and look forward to watching them apply what they’ve learned.”

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