First and second-year resident nurses at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) have received stethoscopes for their work in the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit, the Department of Public Information (DPI) said.
The thirty-four nurses are currently enrolled in the Emergency Nursing Programme offered by the Vanderbilt University, Tennessee in conjunction with the University of Guyana and the GPHC.
The nurses, who are undergoing further education while also practising, received the stethoscopes as a result of efforts made by the Tennessee Nurses Association and the Austin Peay State University.
Assistant Professor of the State University, Dr. Shondell Hickson thought it was important to make the step in ensuring that emergency nurses are equipped with such a vital piece of medical equipment used for listening to a person’s heart or breathing.
“The nurses in Guyana can benefit from a stethoscope and this is something that I take for granted.
I thought everyone should have one, so I was moved (to make this contribution).” She added, “At first, I thought to myself that I will give just two then I thought I can’t just give two so I decided to rally the faculty and staff of Austin Peay State University and we were able to get the bulk of this.”