On Monday, April 2 Bellin College, Bellin Health and the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care co-sponsored an evening program on Human Trafficking for healthcare professionals. In October 2017 there was a news report of more than 80 people being arrested in Wisconsin as part of a nationwide human trafficking operation. Sixteen of those arrests happened in Brown County. Sadly, that was not unique. Earlier in July, 35 men were arrested throughout Brown County. Dawn Spang, outreach coordinator for EyeHeart World and Sgt. Matt Wilson from the Brown County Sheriff’s Department presented to area professionals at Bellin College on what they need to know to identify victims of trafficking and what resources are available to support survivors.
On Thursday, April 19, Bellin College staged a disaster simulation in the health sciences resource center (HSRC) in the lower level of the College. The simulation included students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences (BSRS) and the Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (BSDMS) programs, and medical students from the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The simulation also included assistance from healthcare providers from various local hospitals and Bellevue Fire & Rescue. The area was transformed to create an environment of the aftermath of a school fire. Students played the role of victims/patients and others as the healthcare providers. Areas of care were categorized (black, red, yellow, and green) based on the condition of the patients.
The Bellevue Fire Department has received $1,500 for ballistic vests. Bellin College presented a check to the firefighters Monday morning. The college provided funds to buy the plates that go in the vests. The Regional Trauma Advisory Council helped pay for the rest. The vests protect EMS crews who respond to an active shooter or other emergency incident. The vests are bullet-resistant and can hold emergency equipment, such as scissors, gauze and tape. The EMS crew will put the vests into service this week. The fire department has eight of them. The vests are costly for smaller departments, like Bellevue, to purchase. They rely on donations.
During a career fair, I met an excellent staff member from Bellin College. After explaining to her that I had no clue what I wanted to do after high school, she convinced me to apply for the summer nursing camp, and I did just that! In July 2013, I attended the Bellin College Summer Nursing Camp where I not only fell in love with Bellin College but also nursing. It was everything I dreamed it would be and much more.