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BCC and Deborah Heart and Lung Center Partner to Mentor Future Nurses

Nursing Day

Providing an “Insider Look” to High School Students

Burlington County College (BCC) and Deborah Heart and Lung Center, are proud to celebrate National Nurses’ Week, which each year focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. The theme for this year’s Nurses Week, which is timed to commemorate the birthday of Florence Nightingale, is “Ethical Practice. Quality Care.”

Committed to not only the highest professional standards in today’s nursing profession, the nursing staff at Deborah – and the teaching faculty at Burlington County College’s Allied Health Department – are equally committed to mentoring the next generation of nurses. For the past eight years the hospital has hosted students during Nurses Week to share an insider look into the profession. This is the second year Deborah and Burlington County College have partnered in order to expand the range of offerings and experiences for the students.

“This has become a signature event for us each year,” said Deborah’s Vice President of Patient Care Services, Rita Zenna, RN, MSA, CPHQ. “Our staff looks forward to the opportunity to mentor the next generation of nurses, and share practical hands-on advice about what it is truly like to work in our demanding – yet exceptionally fulfilling – profession. Our partnership with Burlington County College offers an excellent bridge between high school, college, and the work place, and we value this thriving relationship.”

Deborah’s Nursing Day at Burlington County College will be held Monday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Lewis M. Parker Center on BCC’s Pemberton campus.

“Burlington County College’s talented faculty and administrators are top-notch educators equipped to prepare the next generation for high-tech healthcare careers,” said BCC President Paul Drayton. “By partnering with Deborah for this event, we are able to demonstrate clear pathways for high school students to achieve an education and land their dream jobs. Supporting the educational and professional goals of our youth isn’t something the college just hopes to do—it is engrained into everything we do.”

Students from Camden County Technical School, Pemberton Township High School, Cherokee High School, Lenape High School, Northern Burlington Regional High School, and Maple Shade High School will converge on the Burlington County College campus and join the college’s faculty and Deborah’s highly trained, specialized nursing staff for an intense hands-on experience that combines Deborah’s clinical expertise and Burlington County College’s wide-ranging educational programs.

Students will have a hands-on opportunity to:

  • Perform CPR on a simulator (Sim-Man).
  • Handle cardiac surgical instruments.
  • Work with stents and catheters used in the cath lab.
  • Practice taking blood pressure and oxygen levels.
  • See how Emergency Department staff handle splinting and stabilizing broken bones.
  • Learn the value of germ control through proper hand washing.
  • Experiment with equipment used in diagnosing balance disorders.
  • Explore health information technology.
  • Find out what training is needed for a dental hygienist.
  • Work with the training tools needed to learn about radiography and ultrasound.
  • Experience safe patient handling by using the college’s patient lift.

Students will have an opportunity to speak with nurses and faculty first-hand and learn about the educational requirements to become a nurse, the day-to-day expectations of the job, and the short-term and long-term employment prospects in the field. BCC student ambassadors will guide the visitors and share their college experiences.