Nu Zeta Sigma Theta Tau, Association of Nursing Students sponsor workshop

Lt. Col. John T. Groves will speak on his experience of working in a Baghdad emergency room in 2006 with a group of young army nurses at a one-hour workshop titled "Battlefield Nursing: Lessons Learned from Baghdad." Fort Hays State University's Nu Zeta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and the Association of Nursing Students will host the event from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27 in the Black and Gold Room of FHSU's Memorial Union.

Groves is chief of nursing operations at Irwin Army Community Hospital in Fort Riley.

"He talks about how they were able to support each other and develop these young people into trauma nursing experts in just a few short months," said Janet Willhaus, program specialist for the Department of Nursing. "The methods they used to save lives were uncommon in civilian practice and are on the leading edge of trauma treatment."

The workshop will overview the preparation, training and deployment of the young staff of about 15 with an average of four months' emergency care experience to one of the busiest trauma centers in the world, achieving a 94-percent survival rate from combat trauma injuries. The lecture will be based on a model called "Egoless Medicine -- A Combat Care Multiplier," which was coined at the Trauma Symposium in Baghdad and received strong reviews.   

"His experience speaks volumes for those of us who work with young professionals of all disciplines as we help them learn what they can do," said Dr. Liane Connelly, chair of the Department of Nursing. "I highly encourage individuals interested in the current conflict, in history, health and illness or military history to attend."

Hays Medical Center is offering the workshop for continuing nursing education. Registration, required for RNs who want CNE credit, will begin at 5:15 p.m. Registration can also be completed at Hays Medical Center or by phone at (785) 623-5500 or 1-800-284-0073, extension 5500.

Cost is $10 for Nu Zeta Chapter members and Sigma Theta Tau and Hays Medical Center associates. Cost is $20 for non-members. The workshop is free for students.

Attendees are requested to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food pantry.

Most recently, Groves completed a year-long tour of duty with the 10th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq as the Emergency Department head nurse. The emergency care delivered there was featured in National Geographic in December 2006 and on CNN in the documentary "Combat Hospital" in 2006. Groves has more than 20 years of clinical, educational, and managerial experience in trauma, emergency and medical-surgical nursing.

He served as course director and instructor of the Army's elite Special Operations Medical Sergeants Course. In 2001 he was hand selected to be the first directorate of trauma for the Army Trauma Training Center, a congressionally mandated military and civilian partnership with the Ryder Trauma center located at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Fla., where he trained forward surgical teams to provide care for the wounded soldier near the battle. He was recently published in the July-Sept. Advanced Emergency Journal of Nursing on his wartime experiences.

Groves received a bachelor's degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky, Lexington.

For more information, contact Connelly at (785) 628-4511, Willhaus at (785) 628-4510, or the Hays Medical Center at (785) 623-5500 or 1-800-248-0078, extension 5500. 

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