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DIGBY, N.S. – A successful program for health care providers is making it easier for new staff at Digby General Hospital to learn from those with more experience.
New staff or recent graduates working at hospitals in Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties now just need to look for staff wearing the ASK ME button when they have questions.
“There are no wrong questions,” says Angela Morgan, team leader and registered nurse at Digby General Hospital. “Even after years of training, new health care providers may still have plenty of questions.
“Sometimes knowing who to ask for help is just as valuable as the question itself,” she says. “The button is a way to support new health care providers by showing them there is always someone they can ask for help.”
Even after years of training, new health care providers may still have plenty of questions. “Sometimes knowing who to ask for help is just as valuable as the question itself. Angela Morgan, team leader and registered nurse at Digby General Hospital
The number of staff wearing the ASK ME button has been growing since the program started a few years ago. The program was started by the Transition to Practice Committee, and originally only involved nurses. It has since expanded to include other professionals working at hospitals in Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth.
Staff wearing the ASK ME button are trained and experienced preceptors. They have experience and knowledge and are willing to support newer staff by being a safe person to approach with questions or challenges they may be facing.
“For many staff, it is not only a matter of pride to wear the ASK ME button, it is also very rewarding to serve as mentors and to help new staff in their transition to professional practice,” says Morgan.
An official launch of the interprofessional ASK ME button, and recognition of trained preceptors, is taking place at Digby General Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. in the hospital’s cafeteria. Refreshments will be served.