CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Jackie DeShong, bariatric manager for Summit Surgical Group – Chambersburg and Summit Weight Management, recently completed all requirements with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery to become a Certified Bariatric Nurse.
DeShong pursued the additional education and certification to help her gain the insight and assessment skills to be proficient in the care of bariatric patients.
“This population of patients is very unique,” she said. “It takes a lot of prep work and counseling to help these patients get ready for the lifetime change that they are about to undergo. Patients can also have a lot of emotional ups and downs before and after the surgery.”
DeShong works closely with Dr. Richard Gorman, Nurse Practitioner Becky Newcomer, and several dieticians to help patients get the best care that they deserve.
Additional education, hands-on training, conferences, and serving as a leader of the Bariatric Support Group Meetings have helped her become proficient in knowing the immediate signs and symptoms of problems or issues.
“The education that I have received has helped greatly in being able to be more in tune with what these patients need,” DeShong said.
“Counseling, education, and management of problems/issues is a large part of my job, and having this certification ensures that I have the knowledge base that is needed to properly and safely care for these patients.”
Helping people has always been DeShong’s passion, and assisting patients on every step of their journey is one of the things she loves the most.
“Patients get so excited when they have the opportunity to decrease or eliminate medications that they have been on for years. They get a chance to get some of their life back and are able to begin to participate in activities that at one time were impossible for them to do,” she said.
“I also see a new sense of confidence and self-worth from the patients. They begin to hold their heads higher and have a more positive outlook on life!”
For more information on bariatric services at Summit Health, visit www.SummitHealth.org/Bariatric.
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