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MN HOSA is more than proud of Spring Lake Park HOSA Advisor Bill Neiss
along with three HOSA members and alumni to be a part of training the first-ever
Paramedic Education Program in San Juan de la Maguana this summer.
Bill became interested on his last mission trip to the Dominican Republic while talking to some of the town’s
people that there was NO ambulance service and emergencies were taken to the hospital in the back
of trucks. Being the kind of guy that Bill is with a strong Emergency background (Lead instructor at the
Spring Lake Park OEC (Occupations of Emergency Care) and a heart of gold, he came back and started
immediately to find a way to go back with training/trainers, supplies and getting an ambulance for them.
It all pulled together with a number of people including Solid Rock International and volunteer emergency
medical professionals from all over the United States. It happened this summer!
HOSA Advisor and HOSA members/ alumni part of
Paramedic Training in Developing Country
Bill became
interested on his
last mission trip
to the Dominican
Republic while
talking to some of
the town’s people
that there was NO
ambulance service
and emergencies
were taken to the
hospital in the back
of trucks.
The seven week program started on the first day with paramedic
instructors distributing items that would be needed for the class:
textbook, workbook, uniform, trauma scissors, and stethoscope.
The class was filled with anatomy classes, quizzes, lifting,
intubation, how to start an IV, and how to put on gloves. Following
weeks were filled with all the skills of a paramedic including
patient assessment while correcting threats to life and limb.
At that point, they began working like paramedics, holding each
other accountable to maintain high standards of their high-stakes
profession, which is an expectation.
The students benefited from actual lungs and tracheas when
training for endotracheal intubation. A paramedic Instructor
taught cardiac physiology, EKG interpretation and treatment of
cardiac emergencies. They also ended the training
with a skills assessment complete with scenarios right in the main
street.
At the end of the seven weeks of training, 24 students took the
paramedic test and passed. There was a ceremony with standing
ovations and very proud students and families. After the ceremony,
it was learned that the Ministry of Health will certify the course and
the students that passed.
There will more training in the future to stay current, but for now
there is now a group of paramedics that are going to make a
difference in San Juan de la Maguana.
As for Bill, he prepared to take another group of HOSA members
back to the Dominican Republic in August, giving students a
chance to work in medical conditions that they are not familiar with-
an experience that will help others now and the students as they
work toward their Career goals as health professionals.
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