Kimberly Foster, a registered nurse in the Baxter Regional Medical Center
Cline Emergency Center since 2007, is the featured Safe Sitterandreg; instructor in the
Safe Sitterandreg; November newsletter. Kimberly became a Safe Sitterandreg; instructor in 2010 and is also a graduate
of the Safe Sitter program, after taking the class at BRMC when she was 13.
Here is her story.
Safe Sitterandreg; Supplies Education and Inspiration
We know Safe Sitterandreg; saves lives. Sometimes, it changes the course
of lives as well.
Kimberly Foster readily admits she wouldnandrsquo;t be where she is today
if not for Safe Sitter®. A Safe Sitter® Instructor at Baxter Regional
Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas since 2010, Kimberly took the
class when she was 13 at the same hospital where she now works as a registered nurse.
andldquo;It was a difficult time in my life,” Kimberly said. Her mother
discovered the hospital offered Safe Sitter® classes when Kimberly’s
father was there recovering from open heart surgery.
andldquo;My mother had me take the class to help pass the time while my father
was recovering from surgery because she knew how much I loved kids and
wanted to be a babysitter. It was just a way for me to keep entertained
but it was a great lesson for me to learn.”
Sadly, just one week after taking Safe Sitterandreg;, Kimberly’s father
died from a pulmonary embolus. Even at her young age, her experience with
a Safe Sitter® class coupled with the compassion shown to her father
by the hospital’s nurses helped Kimberly make a decision about her
life. She would go into the nursing field.
A registered nurse for the past seven years, Kimberly says, andldquo;I don't
think I would be where I am if it were not for my experiences in my early
teenage years. I can't thank Safe Sitter® enough for providing
an education to kids at this stage of life.”
Safe Sitterandrsquo;s influence on Kimberly was two-fold: it inspired her
future career choice and it made her a better caretaker to children through
all of her teen babysitting jobs. In fact, she said the greatest lesson
she took away from class was to stay with and entertain the children she
was caring for and not leave them to entertain themselves like her babysitters
used to do.
andldquo;Parents used to praise me for how active I was with their children
and their children begged for me to babysit again,” Kimberly said.
“It made me proud to know that I did a good job for these kiddos!”
She used the skills she’d been taught quite often while babysitting
but says, “I never had to use the CPR or breathing techniques—thank
goodness!—but knowing them helped me out greatly.”
Having learned first-hand as a young teen just how influential a Safe Sitterandreg;
class can be, Kimberly was inspired to become a Safe Sitter® Instructor.
“My favorite part is getting the knowledge out to the younger generation
about how to handle a stressful situation when it calls for it. It’s
a classroom setting that’s a fun environment for the kids, and they
learn a lot in a short amount of time, but it’s still fun,”
After teaching a class, she said several kids will approach her outside
the classroom and comment on how the class worked for them, especially
when handling behavioral issues with a child. Luckily, none of her students
have had to use choking rescue or CPR but sheandrsquo;s grateful that she’s
the one who taught them how to use it should the need arise.
And although her own children are still too young to take Safe Sitterandreg;
(Gabriel is 2 ½ and Jalynn is 8 months), they will definitely be
graduates of the program one day.
andldquo;They probably will not have the option to take it...They will!”
Safe Sitterandreg; classes are offered each summer at the Schliemann Center
for Women's Health Education Center by BRMC's certified Safe Sitter®
Safe Sitterandreg; was founded in 1980 by pediatrician Dr. Patricia A. Keener after a colleagueand#39;s
18-month-old choked to death while under an adult sitter's care. Dr.
Keener developed Safe Sitter® as a medically accurate instructional
program designed for young adolescents 11 to 13 years of age. She has
been recognized nationally for the educational excellence of the Safe
Sitter® program by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Safe Sitter, Inc. has almost 900 teaching sites from coast to coast. Each
year almost 35,000 young adolescents take the course. There are over 4,000
Safe Sitterandreg; Instructors.
For more information about Safe Sitterandreg; classes at BRMC, contact Schliemann
Center for Women's Health Education Center Coordinator Whitney Aleshire-Embrey
at (870) 508-2345 or