Reaching Out: Great American Teach-In
In an effort to display our commitment and determination to our community, USF SRNAs recently participated in Pinellas County Public Schools’ annual Great American Teach In.
Several students from the senior and junior classes visited a group of 5th graders from Northwest Elementary School in St. Petersburg to encourage students to stay in school, study hard and make good grades. We also encouraged students to think about anesthesia as a possible career choice. The students were given a brief presentation on what anesthesia is and what a nurse anesthetist does.
Students were then given the opportunity to gown and glove up and practice their intubation skills using video laryngoscopy from our simulation lab. The elementary school students were very excited and thankful for this opportunity, as were the SRNA participants.
By the end of the day, it was apparent that both the students and volunteers benefitted equally from partaking in such a gratifying and rewarding experience. In the future we hope to see more and more USF SRNAs getting involved in this and other community service projects that showcase our dedication to the nurse anesthesia profession and to the community.
Students Participate in Heart Walk
The American Heart Association held its annual Tampa Bay Heart Walk on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium. USF’s CRNA program was there to show their support at this event. Dr. Erik Rauch, the CRNA program director, was there along with Jessica Cook, then-Senior SRNA, and Nicole Andrews, then-Junior SRNA.
There were a total of 44 USF CON members at this event who raised a total of $288. The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases, the nation's No.1 and No.4 killers, claim more than 800,000 American lives a year. In total, the Tampa Bay Heart Walk helped raise $2,087,634.
CAMLS Open House
April 28, 2012
CRNAs from all over the state of Florida had the opportunity to visit CAMLS and learn about the future of anesthesia education and continuing education - simulation. CAMLS is on the forefront of simulation technology, and we are fortunate to be a part of it. Thanks to all the USF SRNAs who helped out at the event.
The Great American Teach In
As SRNAs we become accustomed to managing both stressful and challenging workloads. In our free time however, USF Nurse Anesthesia students are finding ways in which to give back to the community by participating in various community service projects.
In an effort to display our commitment and determination to our community, USF SRNAs recently participated in Hillsborough County Public Schools’ annual Great American Teach In. Several students from the senior, junior and “newbie” classes visited public schools to encourage students to stay in school, study hard and look into a potential future in anesthesia.
Our SRNAs spoke to elementary school students about the nurse anesthesia profession as well as briefly discussing some of the academic requirements for graduate school education. They were then given the opportunity to gown and glove up and practice their intubation skills with some of the equipment from our simulation lab. The elementary school students were clearly excited and thankful for this opportunity, as were the SRNA participants.
By the end of the day, it was apparent that both the students and volunteers benefitted equally from partaking in such a gratifying and rewarding experience. In the future we hope to see more and more USF SRNAs getting involved in this, and other community service projects that showcase our dedication to the nurse anesthesia profession and to our community.
Bulls Beyond Borders – Guatemala Mission Trip
Jodi DeVries and Hayley Suratt, senior students in USF’s Nurse Anesthesia program, recently participated in a life changing medical-surgical mission trip to Antigua, Guatemala.
They travelled with Faith In Practice, a non-profit, ecumenical Christian organization that seeks to improve the physical, spiritual, and economic conditions of the poor in Guatemala through short-term surgical, medical, and dental mission trips and health-related educational programs. Their group of 27 included four orthopedic surgeons, one general surgeon, one physician’s assistant, one anesthesiologist, five nurse anesthetists, several operating room nurses and scrub techs, three orthopedic device reps, two physical therapists, and a wonderful cook.
Here’s their story...
After a four hour plane trip and an hour bus ride, our first stop was at Casa De Fe, the “Ronald McDonald House” for the hospital and its patients. Faith In Practice sponsors this facility through donations, which fund meals and activities of daily living. This is a place of rest for patients and their families to stay after their surgery until they are strong enough to travel back to their homes, which can be anywhere from an hour walk to a 10 hour bus ride away. Later we traveled to the hospital, the Obras Sociales del Santos Hermano Pedro. It is not only a hospital, but also a place of residence to hundreds of physically and mentally disabled adults and children. The supplies were limited and the walls were old and run-down, but the smiles were endless.
Each morning we began with a motivating devotional by our team leaders before walking to the Obras. On the first day the anesthesia team, along with several translators, had screened approximately 110 patients, and scheduled almost 100 surgeries. Due to some unforeseen health concerns, not everyone seen was ready for surgery. The following four days consisted of surgical services from dawn ‘til dusk. We ran the recovery room, receiving every patient after their surgery. We avidly worked to stabilize them, keep them comfortable, and then transfer them to a nursing unit for continued care. Many of the patients would wake up crying tears of joy, thanking God for sending us to help them.
As a team, we completed 93 surgeries during our 1 week trip – including knees, shoulders, gallbladders, hernias, and other miscellaneous general surgeries. Most of what we used during the week had been acquired through donations by hospitals and medical supply companies before we left the United States. We brought 31 trunks filled with supplies (medication, surgical equipment, implants, etc.) that we used during for the week. Without the donated supplies, we would not have been able to accomplish the procedures scheduled and changed the lives we did. The services provided during that week were completely volunteer-based. None of us were paid for the services rendered; we chose to give of ourselves, our time, and our talents because we felt called to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
We were inspired by the gentle humility of the people in Guatemala. Their heartfelt appreciation when we prayed for them and for the services we have offered, even when the outcome is not what any of us hoped. All that along with their cheerful disposition in the midst of pain, has caused us to pause and be thankful for the blessings God has given us. All our needs are met. We can see a doctor anytime we want, medication is easily obtained from the pharmacy around the corner, and when we need surgery, we generally receive it without waiting or wondering how to pay for it. Please stop in this moment and thank God for being an awesome provider, and ask that He watch over our team as we have now returned to our homes and daily jobs. That week in Guatemala was the highlight of our education so far. What a blessing that we have been given warm, caring hearts, nursing skills and knowledge to help others, selflessness, and such an awesome opportunity to travel with Faith In Practice and touch the lives of so many. Go Bulls!!
Shriners Monster Mash Bash
October 25, 2012
Shriner's Hospital for Children - Tampa hosted its annual Monster Mash Bash on Thursday, October 25, 2012. Children from all over the Tampa Bay area came to enjoy the festivities.
Many of them suffer from various orthopedic related disabilities, making traditional "Trick-or-Treating" difficult. This is a warm environment where all areas are accessible to them and they feel comfortable and loved. USF Nurse Anesthesia students Amber, Jessica, Jodi, and Liz volunteered to man the Monster Munch booth. Kids had to eat a donut using only their mouths - no hands. It was a sticky job, but both the kids and adults enjoyed the activity. A great time was had by all. Thanks to Jeanne Antolchick and the SHC-T staff for allowing us to participate in this wonderful event.
7th Annual USF Nurse Anesthesia Meet & Greet
September 1, 2012
Every year, the Nurse Anesthesia Program at USF holds a Meet & Greet event to welcome the newest cohort to the USF Nurse Anesthesia “family.”
Faculty, staff, current students, alumni, clinical coordinators and preceptors, as well as family members, all came together to “meet and greet” the new class – Cohort 2012. The event was a huge success with a turnout of approximately 130 people.
Our student organization, the SRNA@USF, sponsored and coordinated the event. Many thanks to all the students who volunteered their time! The event was co-sponsored by USF Health, USF College of Nursing Alumni Association, Karl Storz, U.S. Navy, Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Belmont Rapid Infusers, and Raymond James Financial. Without these fine sponsors, our event and our profession would not be possible.
We had the pleasure of having Dr. Brian Graves, USF College of Nursing Assistant Dean of Master’s Program and Academic Affairs, as well as Dr. Erik Rauch, USF Nurse Anesthesia Program Director, address our group. All USF Nurse Anesthesia Alumni, Faculty, and Staff, as well as Clinical Coordinators and Preceptors, in attendance were recognized. We, as students, appreciate their continued support!
The SRNA@USF held a raffle and raised $900! Thanks to everyone who bought tickets and congratulations to all the winners. We gave away several wonderful prizes, all of which were donated by community sponsors - a one-night stay at the Grand Plaza Hotel in St. Pete Beach, a 3-month membership to Kinetix Health Clubs in Pinellas Park, a Tampa Bay Rays baseball autographed by Sam Fuld, a $25 Ocean Prime gift card, a home-made USF corn hole board set made by one of our students, and assorted gift baskets. Wendy Borland, Communications and Event Manager for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, was in attendance to accept a donation from SRNA@USF in honor of one of our USF Nurse Anesthesia faculty, Jason Trudell, who is also a Captain in the U.S. Army and serving overseas as a CRNA in Afghanistan.
Dr. Erik Rauch sums it up well … “The 7th Annual USF Nurse Anesthesia Meet and Greet Event was just another example of how the Tampa Bay Area has embraced this program as we strive for national prominence. Everyone from students, alumni, faculty, preceptors, and clinical partners as well as their family members came together in our new program home at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) to celebrate our recent accomplishments and give appreciation to all who are a part of our continued success.”
Stampede of Service
Stampede of Service (SOS) is USF's largest day of service. 2011 was a record-breaking year with over 3000 students coming out to serve in the Tampa Bay community.
This day of service was the largest community service project in USF's history. This year 3,025 student volunteers signed up to go out into the Tampa Bay community with bright smiles and open hearts to help make a difference in their community. Students were assigned a social issue and sent throughout Hillsborough County learning and engaging in service for the day. As a leader in her organization (SRNAF), Jodi was selected to be a “Site Leader” for the event. She helped organize her team and led them through a day of enjoyment and giving back to the community. SOS serves more than 60 different organizations in the Tampa Bay community, volunteering with senior citizens, the environment, youth, homelessness, poverty, women’s issues, education, and many more.