Becoming A Life Saver

The first hurdle, before even learning a thing about nursing, is to complete a First Aid & CPR certification….and, much to my relief, I blitzed them both! I received 100% on the written exams and passed the practical components also. Although I had to complete these courses as a pre-requisite for one of the four units I’ll be studying in this first semester, it is a little reassuring as a new nursing student to know that I do have the capacity to pick up, understand and then put into practice some potentially life saving skills.

Previously I had never really thought about completing a first aid course unless it was potentially necessary as part of a job I was in. I can now see how important it is to have training in First Aid & CPR, whether you work, don’t work, have kids, live on your own or are going into some sort of medical profession – it is just so valuable. Being able to act calmly and quickly with the right kind of treatment in an emergency could potentially mean the difference between life and death for those involved.

Would you know how to treat a sting, snake bite, spider bite, burns or scalds around the house? What would you do if someone in your family was having a heart attack or drowned in the pool? Could you provide the necessary aid to give them every possible chance of survival while the ambulance is on their way?
I’d recommend to everyone to get a First Aid & CPR qualification so you can be equipped with skills to help those around you when they’re in trouble.

The courses I completed were run by Surf Life Saving Australia – here is the link for more info:

http://sls.com.au/get-involved/first-aid

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