13 Safe Sitters Graduate at OCH

13 Safe Sitters Graduate at OCH

OCH Regional Medical Center Graduates 13 Safe Sitters

After a seven hour training course, 13 students can now call themselves ‘Safe Sitter’ graduates. OCH Regional Medical Center nurses and staff taught the Safe Sitter course at OCH Wednesday, June 13.  The class covered everything from how to save a choking child to business practices for babysitters.

Site coordinator and OCH Public Relations Coordinator Mary Kathryn Kight said this is the 16th year OCH offered the Safe Sitter course.  “Students learned that when you accept a babysitting job, you accept the responsibility for a child’s life. That’s why we teach the Safe Sitter program, because we believe it equips babysitters with the skills they need to be successful and keep the children and themselves safe,” said Kight.   

OCH Perinatal Educator Paula Hamilton, RNC, IBCLC and a Safe Sitter Instructor said participants learned a little bit about every aspect of babysitting. “We taught students about babysitting as a business, what to charge and how to talk to an employer and screen for a job,” said Hamilton.  “During the course, instructors gave students hands-on practice in basic lifesaving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis,” she added.

The Safe Sitter graduates at OCH included: Marina Fabel, Marlee Maples, Rebecca Breckenridge, Arlonda Rolling, Savannah Munn, Erin Cain, Tashara Staples, Anna Prell Brooks, Shana Walker, Sarah Rives, Celeiah Quin, Bria Stewart, and Seagann Stewart. Each student passed a written and choking-child demonstration test in order to graduate.

The next Safe Sitter Class offered at OCH is Wednesday, July 11 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. for students 11 – 14 years old.  The cost is $35 per person.  To register or for questions, contact OCH PR Coordinator Mary Kathryn Kight at (662) 615-3067 or mkight@och.org <mailto:mkight@och.org> .