La Casa Skills Day Event

Submitted by Matt Ehler, Administrator of La Casa MHRC

In February, La Casa had their second annual Skills Day for the nursing departments of all three program: the MHRC, MHUCC, and PHF.

This year the Skills Day was on 2/22 (1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and 2/23 (7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) to cover all three shifts—AM, PM, and NOC—to help our nursing staff get their annual competencies. Additionally, it provided us an opportunity to cover any areas that may need special attention in a structured format. This year, there were 10 booths with the following topics:

  1. Infection Control/Employee Health/Flu Vaccine (All)

  2. Fire Safety and SDS (All)

  3. Client Monitoring and Observation (All)

  4. Vital Signs (All)

  5. CPR/Chocking Prevention (All)

  6. Emergency Procedures - Codes - CPI (All)

  7. Head to Toe Assessment and Medication Safety/Destruction/Donation (Licensed staff)

  8. Code Blue Documentation/Adverse Event Reporting (Licensed staff)

  9. DTO/DTS/Elopement Risk Assessments (RNs)

  10. Employee Handbook (All)

In order to staff the tables, we utilized a mixture of all staff including nursing staff and interns, HR, and department managers. In addition to the training benefit, it also allowed us the opportunity to reconnect with different staff members and work together as a campus. It was a great success and we trained about 120 staff members!