Grant from RBC foundation will provide extra training for nurses at Milton, Georgetown hospitals

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May 2, 2023 at 9:53 am

Halton Healthcare Milton and Georgetown

To celebrate National Nursing week (May 8-14), the RBC Foundation is donating $60,000 to support skills development for nurses at Georgetown and Milton District hospitals.

The Georgetown Hospital Foundation (GHF) and Milton District Hospital Foundation (MDHF) will each receive $10,000 per year for each of the next three years.

The donation will enable each hospital to provide Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS) training for emergency department nurses.

PEARS training is designed to give nurses the opportunity to acquire, practice and demonstrate proficiency in the assessment and management of critically ill pediatric patients.

At Milton District Hospital, 30 per cent of patients who visit the emergency department are pediatric. The funding will enable 40 nurses to receive the training each year.

“Nurses play a crucial role in every area of our hospital,” said Helen Vatistas, executive director, MDHF.

“Our nurses demonstrate care, courage and commitment to patients each and every day. We are grateful that the RBC Foundation understands the value that nurses bring to Milton District Hospital and that they are investing our nurses.”

The show of support comes at a critical time. Last autumn, the EDs at both hospitals saw a large increase in pediatric patients with respiratory viruses.

“Nurses play a vital role in building prosperous, healthy communities for today and for the future,” said Rick Atherton, regional vice-president, RBC.

“Each year, RBC is proud to recognize the contributions and commitments of nurses by supporting their ongoing access to training and resources. It’s our small way of saying ‘thank you’ to these courageous individuals.”

Held in honour of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, National Nursing Week is designed to increase the awareness of the many contributions nursing makes to the well-being of Canadians. National Nursing Week runs from May 8-14, 2023.

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