The Sunshine Guild purchased an advanced auscultation mannequin for a new graduate nurse internship program. The program is headed by Palestine Regional Medical Center's director of clinical education, Misty Clark, said Carey Trahan, auxiliary programs coordinator.
The program assists nurses who have recently graduated and are now employed by PRMC.
The Sunshine Guild purchased the mannequin, named “Sunshine,” from Global Technologic for about $5,000 in May; it is already in use. The program provides additional training and support, and improves nursing skills.
“The mannequin is invaluable in that it can simulate a real human in terms of heart tones and breath sounds,” Trahan said. “Nurses can practice IV insertion skills, manual blood pressure and pulse competencies, Foley catheter, nasogastric tube insertion/maintenance, and many more basic nursing skills.”
The Sunshine Guild was established in 1987 as a nonprofit organization of volunteers assisting PRMC employees and patients and the community. It is a member of the Texas Association of Hospital Volunteers.
Throughout the year, the Sunshine Guild raises money for charities and needs in the hospital and the community. This year, the Sunshine Guild raised and granted $11,000 in scholarships for students seeking higher education or certificate programs in medicine.
The Sunshine Guild has 34 members and seven honorary members. Other hospital volunteers include 14 volunteer chaplains and 10 junior volunteers.