Thursday, June 13, 2002
Safe Sitter classes offered at Nanticoke June 15, 18
Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys aged 11 to 13 will be offered at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The two-part course will be held from 8:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. on June 15 and 18. The Safe Sitter program is a medically-accurate instructional series that teaches youngsters how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The cost is $25. Participants are to bring a bag lunch. To register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter, call 629-6611 ext. 2540. The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by baby sitters. Thousands of young adolescents across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle life-threatening emergencies. All medical information will be taught by a certified professional. During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic life-saving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis. Instructors also provide tips to make sitters more confident care-givers. They teach safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They give information on child development and suggest age-appropriate activities. Participants will learn about the business aspects of babysitting. For more information about Safe Sitter, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611 extension 2540.
DHSS Volunteers recognized for patriotic citizenship
Gov. Ruth Ann Minner and General Francis D. Vavala of the Delaware National Guard participated in a day-long celebration May 7, honoring volunteers who serve their country by making a difference in their own communities. “Volunteers: The Heart of America” recognized 113 volunteers from three programs within the Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD). Minner offered opening remarks at the event, which was held at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover. Honorees at the recognition event included volunteers from the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, Delaware Medicare Fraud Alert Program and Delaware Money Management Program. All three programs serve to improve or maintain the quality of life for the elderly or disabled Delawareans. Local volunteers among those honored for the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program were Joanne Cannon of Bridgeville, and Mel Metzger and Frank Schive, both of Seaford. DSAAPD is seeking additional volunteers for its programs. Interested individuals should contact the agency at (800) 223-9074.

Delaware gets over $200,00 to relieve critical shortage of nurses
Senator Joe Biden, Senator Tom Carper, and Congressman Mike Castle announce that Delaware will receive more than $200,000 in federal funding, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to address the urgent nursing shortage and its implications on patient care. Studies show that the demand for nursing services is growing faster than the number of trained nurses, placing an increasing strain on the nation’s health care system. The U.S. Department of Labor recently projected that, unless remedial steps are taken, the U.S. will face a shortage of 450,000 nurses just seven years from now. The federal government is emphasizing a variety of methods and incentives to attract more individuals into the nursing profession. For example, the Senate passed legislation a few months ago to establish a National Nurse Service Corps Scholarship Program, under which prospective nurses would receive financial assistance for their nursing education in exchange for service in areas with critical shortages. Three Delaware organizations received Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship grants to help support registered nurses who are in graduate programs to become nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse-midwives, nurse anesthetists, nurse educators, nurse administrators, and public health nurses: Wesley College $45,344), Wilmington College ($89,845), and University of Delaware ($40,650).