LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new program through Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is helping the state lead the nation in training school nurses and it’s all about saving lives.
It’s a much needed and timely program called ASSERT (Arkansas Safe School Emergency Response Teams), where ACH’s Emergency Outreach Program is training school nurses across the state.
These nurses will then return to their home campuses and equip students and staff on how to Stop the Bleed when emergencies arise.
Life-saving kits will be placed in schools thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Blue & You Foundation.
Trained school nurses will teach students and staff on how to use the kits so they can quickly start life-saving care in emergency situations like a school shooting or accident on campus.
It’s something easy to learn and will be techniques those at the tragedy can start even before first responders are able to arrive.
“If something happens, it’s not going to happen if you have a nurse or doctor or EMT standing there, so our kids are willing to act,” says Christine Duellman, Little Rock School District Nurse.
“We’d like to be the first in the nation to say all of our school buildings are covered with a kit and all of our school nurses have been trained,” adds Charles Wooley, Nurse Arkansas Children’s ER, Emergency Department Outreach Team.
This program has been able to supply almost 350 Stop the Bleed kits and while most have been distributed, the director of the program says they still need another 350 to reach all 1,050 school buildings in the state.
ACH will be training almost 100 more school nurses next month in Paragould.