& Queen Anne's Hospital
Hospital Offers Safe Sitter Class
Elizabeth H. Morris
Queen Anne's Hospital is offering a two-day Safe Sitter program for
young people, age 11 to 13. The class will be held on two consecutive
Saturdays, March 9 and March 16 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Classroom
instructors are specially trained Hospital nurses.
Participants in the Safe Sitter program learn the basics of child
care, safety precautions, rescue breathing techniques, how to care
for a choking infant or child, and how to recognize emergencies and
call for help. The ethical and business principles of babysitting
will also be discussed.
"The young people who have graduated from the course have told
me they feel more confident as sitters and hope the training will
make them better parents some day," said Gaby Connell, RN, a
pediatric nurse who teaches part of the program.
Dr. Patricia Keener, an Indianapolis pediatrician, developed the program
after a friend's child choked to death while under the supervision
of a baby sitter. The goal of the program is to reduce the number
of accidental deaths among children being cared for by sitters.
To complete the Safe Sitter program, participants must attend both
sessions and pass a practical and a written test to prove that they
have mastered the key concepts and skills necessary to handle an emergency.
Students who pass earn a certificate documenting their status as Safe
The course fee is $30 to cover the cost of instructional materials;
Helen Humphreys Memorial Scholarships are available for those needing
financial assistance. Class size is limited and pre-registration is
required. To register or for more information, call (410) 778-3300,