Field Trip to the Kern
The following are statements gleaned
from student notes
KMC is a teaching hospital where students are learning to become
have a Level 2 trauma center which is serviced by helicopters. The only reason it is not a trauma 1
center is because it does not have a burn unit.
see about 10,000 patients per month.
About 400 babies per month are born here.
NIC unit houses premature and sick babies.
Volunteers are sought to give babies human contact.
psychiatric ward houses patients, some are committed involuntarily while
others commit themselves.
intensive care unit, 10 beds, is for patients with the most need
DOU, direct observation unit, 8 beds, is for patients needing a lot of
hospital beds are for patients recovering before going home
some rooms are negative pressure rooms to prevent infectious diseases from
care is not limited to working as a nurse in a hospital with patients
Chatting with Leslie, a respiratory therapist
monitoring by telemetry
– using computers in nursing
technicians & pharmacist
technician & technologist
- The ER,
emergency room, has 7 rooms and sees about 45-70 people in a 24 hour
shift. They see a variety of people
with medical problems:
Flu & colds
Gun shot & stab wounds
People with no primary care doctors
Workman’s compensation cases for injuries on the
Car and motorcycle wrecks
The OR, operating rooms, are kept cold about 69
The world’s top Valley Fever doctors are here.
The laboratory does not allow visitors due to biohazards. The tests are automated. Blood, urine and other body fluids and tissue
A nurse and a doctor stop to talk about what they do
sees all kinds of patients. If you are
injured, and they ask which hospital you want to be taken to tell them “I want
to go to KMC”
Students at the entrance of the Kern Medical
A student’s comment: “I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed the
Field trip to Kern
I have always wanted to be a nurse and coming up close and personally always
puts things into perspective.”
A student’s comment: “This trip was very informative and allowed
me to see and hear about nursing first hand.”