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CMHS Participates in Local Skilled Nursing Facility Training

Ventura, California, 10/23/2015

Standardizing care in local skilled nursing facilities was the goal of a two-day training program in which Community Memorial Health System nurses and other staff members participated on Sept. 22-23.

Nurses and staff members of the following local skilled nursing facilities also participated in the program, held in CMHS’s computer training center: Victoria Care Center, Coastal View Healthcare Center, Ventura Convalescent Hospital, Camarillo Healthcare Center, Ojai Continuing Care Center, Glenwood Care Center, Providence Ojai Gardens and Shoreline Care Center.

Training concentrated on creating standardized procedures and competencies in five areas of respiratory treatment common in these facilities: head-to-toe assessment, chest pain, shortness of breath, dyspnea (difficulty breathing) and increased respiratory rates, said Claudia Lis, MSN, RN and nursing liaison for CMHS in the Skilled Nursing Facility Alliance. Lis added that those who participated in the training then would share what they learned with peers at their respective facilities.

“We hope that by doing this we can improve teamwork and collaboration between the acute care hospitals and the skilled nursing facilities as well as begin to change the public’s view of what a skilled nursing facility nurse does,” Lis said.

The training task force team included Lis, CMHS Case Management Manager Gabriella Nunez, and a representative from each skilled nursing facility. The task force put together the competencies, and the Educators for the program put together a PowerPoint presentation which allowed for open discussion and incorporated questions to gauge knowledge of the participants.

“We surveyed each group at the beginning of each training day to ascertain the experience level of those who were present,” Lis said. “The staff was great.”