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Contact: June Diethrick
Operations Officer
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
(716) 661-3390

Community Foundation and WCA Foundation Combine Resources to Train Nurses

Randy Sweeney, Executive Director of the Community Foundation; Bert Rappole, M.D.; James Kenney, Operating Room Educator for WCA Hospital; Lorraine Diggs, RN-Director of Nursing for WCA Hospital and Brian Meagher, M.D.-Vice President for WCA Foundation Board of Directors pose with one a module for Confidence-Based Learning.

Jamestown, NY (Wednesday, May 9, 2012)—Fifty surgical nurses and technicians from WCA Hospital’s Operating Room and Labor and Delivery departments began a yearlong Confidence-Based Learning program. This program was funded entirely through grants from the A.W. Rappole, M.D. and Bert W. Rappole, M.D. Nursing Professional Development Fund administered by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and the WCA Foundation’s Dr. Harold and Joyce Childress Fund.

A program designed by the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses’ (AORN), Confidence-Based Learning does away with old testing methods and presents a sophisticated learning process though online modules to its participants. Instead of offering content in various forms and taking a post-test, participants are presented the material and challenged to answer each question correctly before moving onto the next module, therefore leaving a complete mastery of the material presented to each individual. A 2008 study performed by the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine found that individuals using this type of learning program were shown to be 15%-20% more effective in knowledge acquisition, as opposed to those using traditional learning practices.

According to Lorraine Diggs, R.N., Director of Nursing at WCA Hospital, “We are confident that this AORN program will result in facility standardization and improvement in surgical practices by our nurses.”

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