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Case's Flight Nursing Academy holds third annual summer camp for advanced practice nurses in air medical services

National Flight Nursing Academy

The National Flight Nursing Academy at Case Western Reserve University is holding its third annual Summer Camp 2005 for intensive training of advanced practice nurses, flight nurses and emergency service personnel in emergency response. The camp will be held the week of August 15-19 at Case's Squire Valleevue Farm in Hunting Valley, Ohio.

The focus of this intense training is to bring critical care from the bedside to the roadside," said flight nurse Carolyn T. Nieman, director of the annual summer camp and a lecturer at Case's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. It is absolutely imperative that nurses provide care in unstructured environments in response to any and all emergencies and natural or technological disasters."

As an ever-increasing number of American hospitals offer critical care air medical services to patients, it has become crucial that nurses be specially trained to meet the needs of this growing field, says Christopher Manacci, the academy's clinical director, lecturer at the Bolton School.

Because many health care facilities today offer minimal critical care and trauma services, more air medical experts are needed to manage the care of these patients until they arrive at hospitals that provide such specialized care," Manacci said.

The academy prepares advanced practice nurses to work in unstructured environments, provides students and nurses from all over the world with interdisciplinary disaster-response training and conducts research that is building the evidence base for best practices in air medical services.

In 2002, the Bolton School and MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland jointly established the nation's first academic program offering a degree to flight nurses. Graduates of this master's degree program at Case are eligible to take the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certificate exam. The academy is a partnership between the Bolton School and MetroHealth's Metro Life Flight, one of the leading air medical services in the country.

The five-day, 40-hour hands-on training course includes:

  • Mass casualty scene response
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Obstetric emergencies
  • Congenital heart defects in the neonate
  • Flight safety, preparing landing zones
  • Caring for vulnerable patients, especially children and the elderly
  • Advanced airway and extrication, chest tube and central line placement and suturing labs

The camp will feature a mass casualty response drill on Friday, August 19, during which participants will be able to utilize their advanced clinical decision-making skills.

In a sense, what we're doing is preparing the public for the realities of life in the 21st century," Nieman said. Other nations that have experienced terrorism and other disasters have been training for these kinds of contingencies for years."

The master's degree program in flight nursing at Case and the summer camp prepare students to provide advanced assessment and care to patients in uncontrolled environments, care that is often available only in the emergency department or intensive care unit. May L. Wykle, dean of the Bolton School, explained that the summer camp is one element in the academy's three-pronged approach to training and education, which consists of advancing nursing practice through research, community outreach and the flight nurse program.

The National Flight Nursing Academy's annual summer camp is an exciting venture and exemplifies Case's core values of innovative education and partnering with other institutions," said Wykle. The program is a large part of our groundbreaking flight nursing program. It will further strengthen the Bolton School's reputation as one of the world's leading innovators in nursing education and research."


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