2015 RECC updates: Rural Nursing stream, additional workshops, and social activities

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Rural Nursing stream

This year’s Rural Emergency Continuum of Care (RECC) rural medical conference will feature a full day of workshops and sessions for rural nurses and nurse practitioners.

The Rural Nursing stream will offer a hands-on suturing workshop, a session on ECG reading, and an interactive session on rural nursing scope of practice. All sessions will be taught and led by nurses and nurse practitioners.

“We’re very pleased to be offering a stream tailored to the learning needs of rural nurses and nurse practitioners,” says Interim Rural Conference Coordinator and RCCbc Associate Director Dr. Stuart Johnston. “The program for the Rural Nursing stream came together very quickly as there were several dedicated nurses and nurse practitioners who stepped up immediately when the opportunity to teach was presented.”

The 2015 conference – scheduled for Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 – will be held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. The Rural Nursing stream will be offered on Friday, May 22 alongside the Mentorship and Emergency Medicine streams. A Wilderness Medicine stream will be offered on Saturday, May 23 for all interested delegates. Details of the 2015 RECC program will be available late Feb/early Mar online on RCCbc’s RECC conference page.

More airway and ultrasound workshops

In additional news, 2015 RECC will feature four airway skills workshops and four hands-on ultrasound workshops. These popular workshops filled up very quickly last year, as seating was limited to maximize the learning experience of participants. Delegates wishing to partake in this year’s workshops are encouraged to REGISTER EARLY to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to be one of the first people to receive the 2015 RECC conference registration package via email, please contact Sharon Mah, Communications Manager at conference @rccbc.ca with the subject line “RECC –  add me to the mailing list.”

Health Centre Tour, social activities

This year, the Penticton Indian Band (PIB) is offering delegates a tour of its newly built Snxastwilxtn (“A place to heal”) Health Centre. To sign up for the tour, please contact Kathryn Young at conference@rccbc.ca with the subject line “RECC – PIB tour.”

Penticton and the surrounding area hosts several social and recreational activity opportunities, such as lake sports (water sports), bike touring, rock climbing, winery sampling, live music jamming, and art appreciation. Equipment rental for most sports is available from local outfitters, although delegates are welcome to bring their own gear and/or musical instruments as desired.

For a list of some local recreational providers, visit the RECC social activities web page.

Pre-, post-courses

Pre-courses will be offered at 2015 RECC on Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21. Confirmed pre-courses include CARE-RR for rural residents, The Shock Course, Third Trimester Obstetrical Ultrasound, and the Neonatal Resuscitation Program.

The Wilderness Medicine Course will be returning to RECC as a post-course. It will be held on Sunday, May 24.

Registration for pre- and post-courses will begin in late February/early March when the 2015 RECC conference program is released. Watch the RECC web page  for more details, or sign up for the email list at conference@rccbc.ca and receive the program directly by email.

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