(Initial or Renewal Course based on the 2015 AHA Guidelines)
Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. This course teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both in-facility and prehospital settings. This course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills.
In addition, BLS training can be appropriate for first responders, such as police officers and firefighters, as well as for laypeople whose work brings them into contact with members of the public, such as school, fitness center, or hotel and restaurant employees.
Students must pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for a BLS Course Completion Card.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a completion cad valid for 2 years.
Conveniently scheduled on Saturday, please choose the session that works best for you.
According to Chronus, corporate mentoring is on the rise with 71 percent of Fortune 500 companies offering professional mentoring programs to their employees. Successful companies, large and small, use mentoring to tackle complex human resource challenges such as increasing employee retention, enabling company succession plans, and improving workforce productivity. So, what is mentoring and how can it be successfully used in the workplace?
What Exactly Is a Mentor?
A mentor is a more experienced (typically older or ,at the very least, more experienced) professional in your field who offers career guidance, advice and assistance from a real world point-of-view. Mentoring at work is an effective way of helping people to progress further in their chosen careers. It is a partnership between two people, the mentor and the mentee.
How Can Mentors Be Used in the Workplace?
- Mentors can push mentees to hone and learn new skills that are needed for future roles. These roles could be within the area of career development, leadership development or assist with knowledge transfer.
- Mentors can be a cheerleader of sorts. They can praise great work and progress and give excellent feedback on progress that has yet to be made.
- Mentors can be a life-long friendship that can guide and offer advice along the way.
- Mentors can not only explain what it takes to be the best or make it to the top in a certain field but can also show this through actions and work habits.
- Mentors can, many times, allow their mentee to shadow them and learn by doing an experiential way. The best way to learn is by doing it yourself.
- Reverse mentoring can also be a helpful tool in showing older professionals some of the new tricks of the trade, which may be new strategies or technology know-how.
In today’s competitive business world the key to advancement, employee retention and the spread of great ideas in the workplace is mentoring. This powerful process can help the emotional and intellectual growth of employees and engage them in a way otherwise not possible.
“People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.” Mary Kay Ash – Mary Kay Cosmetics
It’s no secret that high-performing companies have high-performing teams. How can business leaders ensure that they are building a strong staff and team to make their business successful? According to Insight Assessment Online, building a strong staff to help your company consists of three key components:
- Hire Smart – Don’t hire someone who is not highly skilled for the position you need filled. Ask yourself several questions before hiring: Does this person have the ability to expand or build on the skill set they already possess? Does this person have the self-motivation needed to be a contributing member to the team? Is the person a thinker and problem solver or do they require hand holding? Can you envision this person meshing with the rest of the team with a personality that fits with the rest of the company and ultimately your brand image? Does this person have skills that compliment the skills you already have in the office or do they have skills that fill a void in your team?
- Identify strengths and talents of team members – This may take time and some level of trial and error but place team members in positions where they can perform the best. Once you have identified each staff member’s strength or weakness, build off the positives through professional development, conferences and incentives that will make them more productive and invested workers. Position your top performers in positions that will make them shine. Match people with certain talents with others to build on their own natural strengths.
- Foster a positive environment – Encourage team members to be creative and work productively by valuing the great job they are doing. Be connected and communicative with employes so they know you are aware of their hard work. Be sure that everyone knows the ultimate goal and has clear responsibilities. A lack of clarity and purpose can confuse and frustrate teams.
- Be Flexible – Not all employees are the same. Realize that home and family life can be complicated. Team members will be more invested and possibly more productive if they worry less about what is going on at home. Does your company have a flex scheduling, telecommuting or other incentive policy that could make for happier team members? Building a strong team can sometimes mean understanding the needs of the team both at work and at home.