Safe Sitter

Ashley County Medical Center is now a Safe Sitter Site! The Safe Sitter program is a national, non-profit organization that teaches life skills, safety skills, and child care training to build safer communities. Safe Sitter began in 1980 after the accidental death of a nurse’s young child while in the care of an adult babysitter. This incident prompted Indianapolis pediatrician, Patricia Keener, to create Safe Sitter. Dr. Keener recognized the vulnerability of young children when cared for by unprepared sitters and decided to increase the availability of safe and nurturing adolescent caregivers. Ashley County Medical Center is excited to now be a Safe Sitter Teaching Site. This program is designed for students in 6’th through 8’th grade. Shawna Hawkins, ACMC Nurse Education Manager, and Laurie Kilcrease, ACMC Labor and Delivery Manager, are the certified
instructors. These classes are allotted to have eight students per instructor with the maximum number of students being 16. Students will learn Safety Skills, Child Care Skills, First Aid & Rescue Skills, CPR, and Life & Business Skills. Safety Skills will teach students to always practice good safety habits; indoor, outdoor, online, and personal. Teaching them that when they leave their home always tell parents the “High 5”, who, what, when return, how getting to and from. Educating students about unsafe situations, and knowing to call or text parents immediately to come and get them. Child Care Skills will divide children into four different age groups, looking over behavioral management rules and tips. First Aid and Rescue Skills will educate students on injury management; preventing injuries, allergies, how to decide who should handle any injury based on seriousness. CPR will teach students how to handle a child when choking and CPR. Students will also learn Life and Business Skills. At the end of the course students will participate in a graduation ceremony. Just because a child participates in this course does not mean they areready to stay home alone and babysit, that is up to the parent’s discretion. Safe Sitter has continued to grow over the last 36 years, with more than 850 Registered Safe Sitter Teaching Sites in 49 states. According to Safe Sitter, there has been 200 documented cases of Safe Sitter graduates using skills they learned to prevent tragedies and save lives. The two-day course will take place on October 24’th and 25’th from 4-7 pm in the Ashley County Medical Center Conference Room. The class is $25 each student which includes a book and workbook. Call Shawna Hawkins to register at 870-364-0563 or email:shawna.hawkins@acmconline.org.

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