Nursing Students Reap Benefits of Teaching Hospital Partnership
Medical students aren’t the only beneficiaries of the nation’s newest teaching hospital. Students in the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) have recently begun sitting in on classes at The Hospitals of Providence (THOP) Transmountain Campus — some of which are led by THOP leadership.
Just last week, the teaching hospital’s director of women’s services, Flavia Diaz-Hays, M.S.N., led a class of GGHSON obstetrics nurses. The students benefited from the guest lecture by learning about real-world clinical applications from a nurse with more than 20 years of experience in obstetrics.
“As a teaching hospital, it is our responsibility to support medical and nursing education through our partnership with TTUHSC El Paso,” Diaz-Hays said. “We aim to collaborate in teaching to help mold, mentor, and coach future leaders in health care. These individuals are the future faces and providers that will lead many of our organizations’ health care teams.”
Diaz-Hays’ lecture discussed common health issues that women may face during pregnancy — like Pica disorder, heartburn, and depression — and how nurses can help their patients address them. Other concepts included prenatal nutrition, ultrasound examinations, and how to estimate a date of birth.
After the lecture, GGHSON students received a special tour of the labor and delivery ward at the Transmountain Campus.
“Our school of nursing is honored to utilize THOP Transmountain Campus directors’ expertise in preparing and educating our students,” said Manuel Santa Cruz, D.N.P., assistant dean of the GGHSON. “Their real-world experiences are crucial to our students’ success.”
Diaz-Hays enjoys teaching and looks forward to more guest lecturing opportunities through the institution. Diaz-Hays has been certified as a nurse-midwife since 1998 and formerly served as the chief of the department of women’s health and maternal child health services at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at Vanderbilt University.
TTUHSC El Paso nursing students will begin working with patients and conducting clinical rotations at the teaching hospital in July.