Health skills to be presented at S-H hospital


PICTOU — The annual Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital skills night is marking its 10th year.

The event has been scheduled for April 4 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion in Pictou. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

It’s a new venue and a new format this year, says Maria Langille, who has co-ordinated the event for the past 10 years. It has previously taken place at the hospital.

“Ten years is a big thing for us,” she said. “We had to move because we got too big. We had 100 people attend, plus presenters, last year and that’s rather big for the hospital.”

Langille described how this year the presenters will not be stationary while visitors proceed along the series of stations set up to hear them present on various medical subjects.

This is a departure from past years when visitors proceeded from station to station to view and take part in the activities provided.

“This year, the presenters can do presentations for everyone,” she said.

She said the skills night has been an opportunity for educating staff and the public, reflecting the evolving knowledge and techniques in the nursing profession. Established subjects are complemented by newer ones.

Langille cited examples that include high-alert medications and social media.

Topics are shared by hospital staff with input from groups that include long-term care and the VON.

Presentations by the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Nova Scotia Nurses Union are also included with others in health care. Subjects range from wound care, physiotherapy, pharmacy, nurse practitioners and researchers.

There is also an opportunity for nurses under contract with the NSNU who participate in educational workshops to earn points and possibly collect a monetary education premium.

The skills night attracts nurses from the South Shore, Cumberland County and Cape Breton, as well as New Brunswick and sectors that also include acute care, long-term care and students.

Refreshments and light snacks are also provided.