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MCAC Northern Division Players-of-the-Week

The Rainy River Community College Voyagers put together a busy week on the volleyball court, taking on two MCAC North opponents and matches in the course of three days last week.

Karli Phillips was key in the strong performance for RRCC, and has earned Setter-of-the-Week honors in the Northern Division for her efforts. Combined in the MCAC North contests, Phillips had 15 total kills, over 50 set assists and more than 30 digs. The Camrose, Alberta native and her Rainy River teammates will face Northland CTC on Friday, September 22nd in Thief River Falls.

Voyageur Volleyball Underway

Coach Mel Millerbernd says, "We had a good week of practice. The girls are working hard to improve their skills and to get ready for our upcoming games. We have three sophomores returning–El Wilform, Tionna Terry, and Sandy Thompson. I am looking to them for leadership. Seven freshmen joined our team–Chelsea Kabatay, Bella Ettestad, Clara Palm, Alison Satre, Kayla Klofstad, Letitia Munroe, and Karli Phillips. hey have brought forward a lot of energy! We are looking for a very successful 2017 season."

Nursing Lab Expands

Exciting things continue to happen in the nursing department at Rainy River Community College. To kick off the fall semester the nursing simulation lab has added numerous new learning aids to enhance student’s experiences and their understanding of technical skills. This has been a great addition to the previous two adult nursing simulators, two pediatric simulators and the birthing simulator. RRCC greatly appreciates the community contributions that have made this expansion possible.

One of the first tasks the Registered Nursing students will be mastering is IV starts and administration. A new IV arm with simulated blood flow will mimic a human’s veins response when the IV is started successfully. The student will actually get a blood return when the needle enters the vein. IV pumps that are the same brand used by the hospital will allow them to practice administering IV medications included simulated blood products. There are also IV start arm bands students can place on their arms that will allow them to practice on each other without actually piercing the skin. These have a simulated blood return when successful. A new “Chester Chest” has been purchased which has a Central Intravenous Line and PICC site that the students will practice sterile dressing changes on, flushing for patency and administering medications through. This simulaid also has a fake blood flow.

The LPN students will be learning physical assessment skills during their first week of class. They will be able to hear actual heart and lung sounds on a chest simulator and auscultation board. The sounds can also be amplified through a speaker which will allow their instructor to explain exactly what they are hearing. They will have to use their anatomy knowledge to locate landmarks to ensure they are in the proper location to hear the correct sounds.

An ear examination station with clear pictures in the ear canal and replicated on a computer screen will take the mystery out of “now exactly what am I seeing when I look in someone’s’ ear?” Ear infections and perforations are clearly viewed and can be verified by the computer image.

Additional items added to the nursing simulation lab include: a compression stocking pump, wound suture simulaid, injection abdomen, 12 lead EKG capability, new stethoscopes, barcoded medications and scanners. Another exciting addition is the resuscitation infant which will allow for umbilical cord IV starts, lung/heart and bowel sounds and the ability to actually practice putting a breathing tube in the infant to replicate an emergency situation. A refurbished defibrillator will provide a realistic code situation.

The nursing students at RRCC will have the advanced technology to train them to be top notch nurses as they complete their respective programs and begin to care for our community.

Part-time teaching opportunities

Adjunct and temporary part-time applications are being accepted for the following teaching positions. Click on the discipline for minimum qualification requirements:

Please email a letter of interest, current resume or curriculum vitae, and list of three to five professional references with current contact information to:

Tammy Cook, Director of Academic Services

Rainy River Community College

1501 Highway 71

International Falls, MN 56649


Rainy River Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator.