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Continuing Education Program at Ashley County Medical Center

Our nurse education program is led by Shawna Hawkins, BSN, RN. You can contact her with any question via e-mail at Shawna.hawkins@acmconline.org or by calling 870-364-0563.


Continuing Education

Throughout the week, she offers free continuing education classes provided by UAMS Learn On Demand. View UAMS Learn On Demand classes online at any time. www.learnondemand.org

In addition, she tries to schedule classes and hold-in services that are requested by nurses and other staff. Classes such as ACLS, PALS, NRP, STABLE and others are offered on a quarterly basis. To find out when a class is being offered contact Shawna Hawkins, BSN, RN.

CPR

CPR classes are offered by Shawna Hawkins. She is an American Heart Association Certified Instructor. Classes are offered to staff and for the public for a low fee of $25. Class Options are:
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for healthcare professionals (Nurses, EMS, Doctors and More)
    • These courses are intended for Healthcare Professionals who may require a completion card for their job. Topics include CPR and AED, Basic or Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Stroke training, and more. Please contact your employer to ensure that you are selecting the correct course from the list below.
  • Heartsaver for General Public (Workforce: Construction, Childcare, Health & Fitness, Hospitality)
    • These courses are intended for anyone with little or no medical training who requires a course completion card for job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting. Please contact your employer to ensure that you are selecting the correct course from the list below.
  • CPR & Frist Aid Training
    • These courses are intended for anyone with little or no medical training who requires a course completion card for job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting. Please contact your employer to ensure that you are selecting the correct course from the list below.

Safety Baby Showers

Expecting mothers in Ashley County are welcomed to this baby shower, which is given in collaboration with Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The shower is focused on informing expecting mothers on safety and injury prevention for their coming child. Topics touched on include fire safety, poison precautions, drowning prevention, car seat safety, safe sleep, and much more. It is a free service, so simply call to reserve your spot.

Safe Sitter Program

Safe Sitter is a nationwide organization that teaches safety skills, child care training, and general life skills to help build safer local communities. It began as a response to equip adolescent sitters with the skills and knowledge needed to provide safe, nurturing care.

In the last 35+ years, Safe Sitter has expanded to more than 850 Registered Safe Sitter Teaching Sites across the country. Safe Sitter has reported that there have been 200 cases documented of Safe Sitter graduated utilizing the skills they were taught to help save lives. ACMC is proud to be a Safe Sitter Teaching Site!

This is a two-day course that takes place on various dates usually when students are out of school. The program is designed for students in 6th to 8th grade—the cost of the class is $25 per student with a workbook included. Students learn child care skills, first aid, rescue skills, good safety habits, CPR, and much more.


Stop the Bleed

The 'Stop the Bleed' campaign was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff, The White House. The purpose of the campaign is to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and man-made and natural disasters. Advances made by military medicine and research in hemorrhage control during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have informed the work of this initiative which exemplifies translation of knowledge back to the homeland to the benefit of the general public.

Stop the Bleed continues to empower the general public to make a difference in a life-threatening emergency by teaching them the basic techniques of bleeding control.

Ashley County Medical Center host several instructors and would be glad to assist you and your group in a training session. Call Shawna Hawkins, RN, Nurse Education Manager for more information. 870.364.0563


MASH Program

Ashley County Medical Center host MASH and CHAMPS summer camps each year. This program is sponsored by UAMS, Farm Bureau and ACMC.

The MASH Program (Medical Application of Science for Health) is a program for high school students in rural South Arkansas Communities that provides hands-on experiences in health careers, health education, and community service. During the two-week program students work with local private medically related offices and businesses and with various departments in the hospital itself by rotating through different activities each day and shadowing various health care providers. Students in the program will be certified in CPR and Basic First Aid, make a First Aid Kit for personal use, participate in a community service project, and learn the importance of healthy lifestyle habits.

This program is offered at no charge to any 10 to 12 junior high students interested in health-related careers. Students must have had Biology to participate in MASH. The selection criteria are based on the student’s scholastic ability as reported by transcripts, recommendations of counselor, science or health teachers and the application prepared by the student.

The CHAMPS Program

The CHAMPS Program (Community Health Action I Medical Public Service) is a program for junior high students in rural South Arkansas Communities that provides hands-on experiences in health careers, health education, and community service. During the one-week program students work with local private medically related offices and businesses and with various departments in the hospital itself by rotating through different activities each day and shadowing various health care providers. Students in the program will be certified in CPR and Basic First Aid, make a First Aid Kit for personal use, participate in a community service project, and learn the importance of healthy lifestyle habits.
This program is offered at no charge to any 8 to 10 junior high students interested in health-related careers. The selection criteria are based on the student’s scholastic ability as reported by transcripts, recommendations of counselor, science or health teachers and the application prepared by the student.



Do you know the signs and symptoms of a stroke?

Ashley County Medical Center has partnered with UAMS Institute for Digital Health and Innovation-Stroke Program (formerly ARSAVES) since 2008. Vascular neurologists share call to provide 24/7 consult coverage. Each of these partnering sites is equipped with telemedicine technology, training for personnel, support for dedicated tele-stroke coordinator (nurse facilitator), and ongoing continuing education. Through AR SAVES, over 1000 patients have now been treated with alteplase.

The goal is for the community to know and recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke and get to the ER within 3 ½ hours from the onset of symptoms so if eligible they can receive the lifesaving drug Alteplase.

We would love to come provide a free health screening for you at your workplace or church or any type of event. If you are interested please call 870.364.0563 and we can discuss this.

ACMC also offers Diabetes Education please see that tab on this website for more information.

Shawna Hawkins can be reached at 870-364-4111 ext. 563 or by email at shawna.hawkins@acmconline.org.

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