Ebola. You’ve heard about it in the newspapers, on the web and on the television. But have you ever wondered about the chances of it ever creeping into your life? We know how it’s spread (kind of) and we know we need to avoid direct contact with an infected person, but how do we stop said contact from happening? CF students who are practicing nursing now are learning from the professional nurses in the field who have contracted Ebola by failing to follow proper health protocol. What measures can you, your family, and your classmates take to make sure you don’t end up dead within days due to the deadly illness known as Ebola?
The awful nightmarish scene was like that from a movie; the first-ever recorded victim in the U.S due to Ebola, Thomas Eric Duncan, was feeling ill and went to the hospital. He spent a total of five hours in the emergency department of a Dallas hospital before being discharged early Sept. 26, just a half-hour after his temperature hit 103 degrees, according to a congressional timeline released on Oct. 17.
How can we stop Ebola from spreading? The answer to that is following proper health precautions.
“In the very first semester of the nursing program here at CF we teach the students about isolation techniques,” said Carol Blakeman, Senior Professor of Nursing. “We teach them how to practice proper contact precautions.”
“Nursing isn’t a field for the faint of heart,” said Eve Pendergraft, a Nursing Major at CF. “Without nurses, doctors wouldn’t be able to handle or monitor all of the patients.
Stephanie Cortes, a Nursing professor here at CF, has implemented creative ways to teach her students about proper health protocol. She had students smother their hands in chocolate syrup, which represented “germs,” and then watched as the student nurses went about their duties.
We must call attention to all health threats that we may face, and our students learning this today will be our nurses and doctors of tomorrow.
“I’ve been interested in the human body and its functions ever since I was a kid,” Pendergraft said. “It just made sense for me to be in the medical field, which led me to the realization that I want to make a difference in the world, even if it’s one patient at a time.”
Story by: Raina Barnett