During a nursing lab class, Associate Chair of Nursing for the DU Veteran BSN program Renita Elder-Robinson was conducting her NURS 101 BSN students in a lesson on low and high blood sugar, including teaching them how to check blood sugars with the monitors. Renita soon became suspicious of a student who did not look well, and without pause, kicked her nursing skills into action as she quickly ensured the safety of the student while engaging her lab students into active roles of care-giving, such as calling 911, securing the students airway, checking the students blood sugar, and retrieving nursing staff for help. The student was stabilized and transferred to a local hospital for care and is doing well. The lesson for the day did not stop there though, and students were then debriefed by Renita on what transpired, the patients response and nursing interventions.
The students were in total amazement of Renita’s knowledge, skill, compassion,and calm disposition throughout the event. Renita reassured the students, who did a phenomenal job themselves she stated, by staying calm, following directions, and working as a team. On behalf of the nursing department, Renita’s demonstration of leadership, skill, and professionalism is truly appreciated and know the students glean a wealth of information from you daily! Congratulations to both students and instructor!