The Bayhealth Emergency and Trauma Center recently celebrated the graduation of four nurses from its fellowship program.

The 20-week fellowship is offered twice a year to recent nurse graduates, who are selected after an interview process. The fellowship includes didactic and clinical time, which expands the nurse’s knowledge, preparing them to treat the communities’ emergency needs.

Nurse Jason Wallace said the fellowship prepared him to work independently and reinforced the importance of critical thinking skills when it comes to patient care.

Even though fellow graduate Donna Kelley had experience working in emergency medical services, she said the fellowship gave her insight into situations she had only heard about.

For Tiffany Leonard, the fellowship taught her what she didn’t learn in a classroom, including what it’s like to work at a fast pace and the importance of being able to hit the ground running.

“The fellowship boosted my self-confidence,” said Jena Evans. “It gave me the tools and knowledge I need to be successful and teamed us up with the right trainers, who I now look up to.”

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