Reader-submitted content: RGH offer students experience

Amber Hamilton

Students from throughout New Mexico and West Texas have been gleaning clinical hours and vital direct patient care experience in several Roosevelt General Hospital departments and at the RGH Physicians Clinic this semester.

Nursing, laboratory, radiology, physical therapy, pharmacy and the emergency department have provided a teaching environment to allow students to develop and grow in their career skill sets.

“We love hosting students at Roosevelt General Hospital and the RGH Physicians Clinic,” said Administrator Larry Leaming. “Students ask questions and challenge our staff to explain and demonstrate what they are doing. This has a very positive impact on our staff, patients and the quality of care.”

According to Physicians Clinic Clinical Care Manager Tammy Phillips, Clovis Community College students just completed their final week of clinical rotations.

“They’ve seemed to enjoyed their rotation in our facility and have provided positive feedback from their experiences,” Phillips added. “We’ve also had three ENMU exchange students from Mexico here for two weeks shadowing our nurses. They loved being in our facility and felt our staff were very kind and compassionate.”

Laboratory manager Bobby Lyons said the laboratory currently has three students rotating through the department for their clinical hours in phlebotomy. The lab works with Eastern New Mexico University and enables their phlebotomy students to gain real experience in collecting laboratory blood specimens for testing after they finish their course work.

“Dia Kelting in the lab has gone the extra mile and did a great orientation for the students in the lab,” added Phillips.

Phillips said certified nurse assistant students are also completing clinical rotations within both the hospital and clinic from the RGH CNA class.

“We have students coming from three different campuses in physical therapy,” said Director of Rehabilitation Services Danny Justus. “A physical therapist assistant student from San Juan College in Farmington and a physical therapist major from Texas Tech University of Allied Health in Lubbock are both gleaning clinical experience for the degrees. We also have an ENMU student observing.”

“Michelle Dunn’s University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy internship just wrapped up this past week,” said LaDawna Brooks, director of pharmacy. “I enjoyed getting to know and mentor Michelle. She shared that as a Clovis native, she hopes to move back to this area after graduating in May to open a pharmacy in Clovis.”

Phillips said she has seen several students complete an internship or clinical rotation and later return to join the RGH team.

“It’s proven to be a great outreach for both challenging current employees to teach future health care providers in their disciplines while also providing students with real-time patient care experience in the field as part of our health care family,” Phillips added.