Students Get Certified
Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

NHCH proudly coordinated a High School CPR Training Day on Tuesday, April 9, where more than 65 North Hawaii high school students were trained and certified in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).  Students from Parker High School, Laupahoehoe High School, Honoka’a High School and Kanu O Ka ‘Aina High School were taught adult CPR, child CPR and AED skills during a four hour hands-on training at the Thelma Parker Memorial Gymnasium at Waimea Middle  School. 

Hospital Education Coordinator and Community Outreach Nurse, Cindy Shiraki, got the idea to hold a district-wide CPR training day after training 24 eager and engaged students from Honoka’a High School in February. “The day was so successful, I thought we should offer this valuable skill to other high school students”.  “Teenagers often baby sit, live with elderly relatives and frequent the beach where they could be faced with a life or death situation at any time.  They should be prepared,” said Cindy.  “I decided to join forces with the County of Hawaii Fire Department,  Tutu's House, Hawaii Life Flight, Queen’s Medical Center and numerous other private community CPR instructors to make this day possible.” 

The importance of knowing CPR and first aid was expressed by Shirley DeRego, with the Alex and Duke DeRego Foundation, who shared her story of tragically losing her son at the age of 14 after a golf cart accident.  Students spent the majority of the day learning adult CPR, child CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) skills through hands-on training from various professionals in uniform from Hawaii Life Flight, the County of Hawaii Fire Department and hospital nurses.  “This CPR training day actually served two purposes for North Hawaii high school students”.  “Not only did they learn and receive their CPR certification, but it also served as a career day.  Students got a chance to see various professionals in uniform and visualize what some of their jobs entail”.

“Every school that participated should be very proud of their students,” Cindy continued. “They encouraged and helped one another, were focused, delivered information back to instructors quickly and efficiently and showed maturity beyond their years.  The instructors were so impressed by the students’ reaction that they want to host another District CPR Day later this year.” 

Thanks to Queen’s Medical Center each student took home a CPR mask, as well as a first-aid kit donated by the Alex and Duke DeRego Foundation, whose mission is to empower young people with knowledge and awareness that will safeguard their lives and the lives of others.  A special Mahalo to Tutu’s House, who provided snacks, water, lunch and bus transportation to and from the event.  In addition, thank you to Ralph Yawata for organizing several CPR instructors and providing all necessary CPR training equipment.

This is event was made possible by the team work of many community organizations, companies and individuals, including:  Dana Ast, NHCH Nuclear Medicine Technologist and NHCH AHA Coordinator; Ginger McBride, NHCH Registered Nurse;  Jennifer Rabideau, NHCH Diabetes Wellness Coordinator; Vickie Hicks, NHCH Core Measures Nurse; Diane Hale, NHCH Family Birthing Unit  Director; Renae Kendron, NHCH Registered Nurse; Marti Collins, Jeanette Kawakami and Anne Broderson with Hawaii Life Flight; Lance Uchida and Chris Honda with the County of Hawaii Fire Department; Colleen O'Halloran and John Vierra who are American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructors, and  David Rogue, Regional Faculty with American Heart Association; Susan Maddox with Tutu’s House; and  Waimea Middle School for supplying audio visual equipment and Thelma Parker Memorial Gym.   Last but not least, Mahalo to Adam Zopel at Laupahoehoe School, Aileen Ishikawa at Honoka'a School, Tina Doherty at Parker School, and Allyson at Kanu O Ka Aina School for providing the school level organization.