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Nursing program advising presentation scheduled

Posted: September 26, 2011 - 10:09am

KPC’s Kenai River Campus will host an informational overview of the UAA/KPC associate of applied science nursing program and offer advising sessions on Friday, Sept. 30 in room 109. Anyone interested in nursing education is encouraged to attend, whether currently enrolled at KPC or not.

The presentation will begin at 10 a.m. with a general discussion about the various nursing programs available in Alaska. The discussion will include information about different degree programs available at the University of Alaska Anchorage as well as which campuses the programs are delivered and when they are offered. Recently updated information sheets will be provided and important deadline dates for application submissions will be covered.

Because of the complexities of the required prerequisites and the competitive nature of the application process, individual student advising sessions will be held starting at 11 a.m.  Those interested in an individual advising session may sign up at the Student Services desk at KRC or by calling Student Services at 262-0330 (e-mail: iyinfo@kpc.alaska.edu).

For more information about the presentation, contact Dr. David Wartinbee at 262-0377 (e-mail: ifdcw@kpc.alaska.edu) or Assistant Professor of Nursing Janet Gleason at 262-0333 (e-mail: ifjlg@kpc.alaska.edu).

KPC paramedic faculty receives advanced critical care certification

Paul Perry, KPC’s paramedic program coordinator and associate professor of paramedical technology, recently attended an intensive, two week course in Baltimore, Maryland where he successfully completed one of the highest levels of paramedical certifications available. The Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Provider certification was granted after Perry successfully completed—and passed the required exam— at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. This institution developed the course and offers it annually on a first come, first serve basis. The curriculum is designed to prepare paramedics and nurses to function as members of critical care transport teams. Critical patients requiring transport between facilities need a different level of care from hospital or emergency field patients.

Participants gain an understanding of the special needs of critical patients during transport, become familiar with the purpose and mechanisms of hospital procedures and equipment and develop skills to maintain the stability of hospital equipment and procedures during transport.

This certification is an important stepping stone for paramedics that desire to move into flight medicine and is required for anyone who wants to sit for the Certified Flight Paramedic exam.

“It was a very difficult course. Truly, it was one of the only times I wasn’t sure if I passed an exam when I walked out,” said Perry. Successful students had to pass with a minimum score of 70 percent.

KRC art faculty member exhibits work at the UAA Consortium Library

A solo painting exhibit by KRC’s Associate Professor of Art, Celia Carl Anderson, is currently on display in the ARC Gallery at the UAA Consortium Library through Oct. 28. The installation, titled Flux, reflects Anderson’s take on the “fluidity of passing time and change.”

“This collection of canvases represents a kind of ‘family portrait’ and is intensely personal. It occurs to me however, that any of them could number amongst portraits of most peoples’ family members today, caught in a state of flux,” said Anderson (in part) in her artist’s statement about the work.

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, Advancement Programs Manager at Kenai Peninsula College.

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