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Published on December 06, 2018

Nurse Practitioners Donation Funds Scholarships for Safe Sitter Program

Photo of Northeast Chapter of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners and MidMichigan Health Foundation members in Alpena, Michigan.

Pictured left to right: Katie Torok, program specialist, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena; Cecelia Peasley, F.N.P. – C., president, MCNP Northeast Chapter; Kendalee Haas, education specialist, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena; Ellen Buchler, F.N.P., treasurer, MCNP Northeast Chapter; Ann Diamond, director, MidMichigan Health Foundation; and Shelly Garlitz, F.N.P., secretary MICNP Northeast Chapter.

The Northeast Chapter of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP) recently donated funds to the MidMichigan Health Foundation for the benefit of local youth interested in learning how to provide care for children. The donation will be used to provide scholarship opportunities for youth to attend the Safe Sitter® babysitting program at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena.

The local chapter of the MICNP is currently comprised of approximately 30 members and prioritizes education. Membership dues in the MICNP help support scholarship funds and have assisted with the Safe Sitter program since 2015.

“We are excited to continue to provide scholarships for the Safe Sitter program. The program provides safety training for young adolescents who are responsible for nurturing and protecting children,” said Ellen Buchler, treasurer, MICNP. “The program also teaches the business basics of babysitting which is often a teen’s first job.”

MidMichigan Health Foundation is pleased to have the involvement of the local Nurse Practitioners. “The Medical Center has been offering the Safe Sitter program for over 20 years, and MICNP sees the value in maintaining it,” said Ann Diamond, director, MidMichigan Health Foundation. “The program has evolved to address current concerns babysitters now face such as online safety. These scholarships will provide the Alpena area youth with access to training so they feel ready to stay home alone, watch their siblings or babysit younger children. We are grateful for the support.”

Safe Sitter is a one-day program offered several times annually. Small group training focuses on building confidence for youth who will be looking after younger children and includes practical solutions for real-life scenarios through role playing, basic first aid training and CPR, and awareness of a variety of safety issues. For more information or to register, call Educational Services and Development at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena at (989) 356-8124.

Safe Sitter® is a registered trademark of Safe Sitter, Inc.