Many of us understand the benefits of CPR training, but do we truly understand how helpful it can be in a wide variety of professions? According to the American Heart Association, “70% of Americans feel helpless during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed.” CPR and AED classes help increase the survival rates of cardiac arrest victims and provides knowledge to individuals on how to respond quickly in an emergency situation.Recently, Gretchen Johnson, medical assistant program chair at Globe University-Eau Claire, hosted a CPR class on campus for current students, graduates, and community members from the Chippewa Valley. The class focused on CPR training for infants, children, and adults. Attendees also learned how to properly perform the Heimlich maneuver and use the automated external defibrillator (AED).
Gretchen commented on the importance of CPR training: “You never know when you will need to use CPR. You could be walking in the mall or out for a walk through the park and someone may need your assistance. Not only does CPR training provide you with the training that you will need to administer CPR, but the training and knowledge from the class helps reduce anxiety when you are on the scene of an accident, which will allow you to respond more quickly.”
Who benefits from CPR training?
Many careers, especially those in the healthcare field, benefit from CPR training. Some positions require certification, such as medical assistants, lab technicians, paramedics, doctors, and firefighters. Even if you are not in the medical field, CPR training is practical because you never know when you might encounter someone who needs resuscitation.
“CPR training is beneficial to me for my program and future career,” said Cortneay Busby, criminal justice degree student at Globe University-Eau Claire. “The training has provided me with not only the skills, but the confidence to respond during an emergency situation.”
Some benefits of CPR training
1. CPR training can help increase reaction time from a responder, without hesitation, which increases the likelihood of survival after a cardiac arrest.
2. CPR certification shows a sense of social responsibility and a willingness to help others—qualities that are important as both a citizen and potential employee.
3. Certification can help improve self confidence that you have the knowledge and abilities to save someone’s life when an emergency occurs.
How to become CPR certified
There are many ways to become CPR certified; many local hospitals provide classes for CPR training. You can also check out the American Heart Association website to find out when and where classes are being held in your area. In addition, Globe University-Eau Claire is proud to offer CPR training multiple times throughout the year as a benefit to the students and the community.
If you’re interested in becoming CPR certified at Globe University, contact Gretchen Johnson at 715-855-6646 to ask for the upcoming class schedule.
Globe University-Eau Claire also offers a variety of training on campus for students and the community. An upcoming event includes “Becoming a Notary Public” presented by Globe University-Eau Claire’s paralegal program on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.
Written by Alexandra Randall, Career Services Coordinator, and Samuel Fisher, Director of Career Services at Globe University-Eau Claire.