By Bob Ashenmacher
The College of St. Scholastica will host National Guard service members from across the country for emergency medical training over two weeks.
National Guard members will come to campus for training sessions coordinated by St. Scholastica’s nursing department and Essentia Health. Simulations will occur in rooms 3130, 3134 and 3138, which are St. Scholastica’s new simulation rooms, and in room 3219.
In entirety, the first session runs from Tuesday, July 16 to Friday, July 19, and the second session from Tuesday, July 23 to Friday, July 26.
“This provides us a great opportunity to meet the needs of the military community with the unique resources we have available,” said organizer Greg White, an assistant professor in St. Scholastica’s Veteran to BS Nursing Program.
Participants are part of the National Guard’s C(Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosive) Enhanced Response Force Packages (CERFP) emergency first-responders team.
They are required to complete high-quality emergency training every two years, but learning opportunities can be difficult to find, White said.
“Our goal is to do this annually to meet the needs of the military,” he said.
Both sessions will consist of a mix of lectures and simulated experiences conducted with actors and with high-fidelity medical mannequins in St. Scholastica’s simulation labs. Trauma surgeons and emergency room doctors from Essentia Health will add their expertise to the lectures, which were written by White, while St. Scholastica is providing training space and technical expertise.
The first class consists of 21 participants, and the second class is made up of 10 people. Attendees are coming from Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as from Texas, Virginia and Alabama.
St. Scholastica is committed to serving the unique needs of students with past or present military experience. It has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Best College for Veterans among Midwest regional universities. St. Scholastica is recognized for participating in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for, and complete a college education.
St. Scholastica is also noted for quality and value. It has been named the top Minnesota college for economic mobility, and rankings by U.S. News & World Report classify it as one of the Midwest’s top regional universities. It is one of SmartAsset.com’s top 10 “Best Value” colleges in the state and ranks on Money magazine’s “Best Colleges for your Money” list.
The Center for First-Generation Student Success has named it one of the top 80 colleges in the country for commitment to first-generation students.