JOPLIN, Mo. – Freeman is taking a proactive approach to fighting COVID-19, training nurses to treat patients in the ICU, should the need arise.
Essentially, it’s a refresher course to get medical workers with past experience in the ICU up to speed on current practices.
All of the nurses should be fully trained within the next two weeks.
There are 291 nurses within the Freeman Health System who are getting this training, and Rae Stites willingly volunteered to be one of them.
“I see the people in New York and I’m like, ‘Honey, I need to get to New York!’ You know, nurses truly have a passion for patient care and for taking care of each other in those situations so, of course, my first thought was: If you need me, I’m there,” said Stites, a nurse practitioner.
Many of the nurses going through the ICU training have that same attitude, volunteering to get the training they need to help the most people possible.
Officials say training medical staff now will help COVID-19 patients later.
“Anytime you can provide education on the front end to ease the worry and calm the anxiety, it’s definitely going to be most beneficial to our patient population as well,” stated Kami Gollhofer, Director of Professional Development for Freeman.