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Marianas Variety: CORE members complete 12-hour training for basic vital signs (September 26, 2017)

SEVEN members of the Community Outreach Recovery Efforts or CORE have completed a 12-hour training on basic vital signs that will help them implement health-related outreach programs in the community.

The training, which concluded on Saturday, was sponsored by the CNMI Area Health Education Center, through Northern Marianas College’s Community Development Institute.

Queanna C. Sablan, NMC-CNMI AHEC program manager, said they were approached by CORE to see what types of training they could provide to the group.

“We came up with this training and our program financially supported it,” Sablan said.

She said the training, which was first of its kind, may be offered to other groups in the future.

According to Sablan, the training does not certify participants to be nursing assistants, but it will allow them to help conduct free health screening.

“They will able to do certain things like check blood pressure, blood sugar, temperature, heartbeat, and they will be able to translate to the patient what certain medical information means. This way, the patient gets to know more about their health, whether they are in good standing or whether they need to seek medical help,” Sablan said.

The training was conducted by nursing instructors Johnny Aldan and Rosie Tudela.

Aldan said “if there is an immediate need in the community for someone to help assess one’s vital signs, these guys are trained to assist in those kinds of situation.”

CORE vice president Patricia Kaipat said they sought training so they can be of assistance to nurses.

CORE members are currently doing volunteer work at the Family Care Clinic.

“We want to take whatever training is provided because we want to help in any way we can. This is what we want to do; we want to help the community as much as possible,” she said.

The CORE volunteers at the family clinic are assisting nurses in non-medical work.

“We don’t want to jeopardize anything or violate anything but we want to be trained and equipped so we can assist in any way we can. Let us know how we can do it properly and we will do it,” Kaipat said.

The CORE members who completed the training were Nathan H. Ada, Grace O. Boggess, Nina Demapan, Mami Ikeda, Patricia Kaipat, Bryan E. Manabat and Yoshihiro G. Yagi.

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