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NOLS at the LEED Platinum celebration in Billings, Montana!

By Leslie van Barselaar on 4/11/14 4:42 AM

WMI Director Melissa Gray and Assistant Director Shana Tarter represented NOLS at a LEED Platinum celebration hosted by High Plains Architects in Billings, MT. High Plains Architects were the lead designers for the Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus. In addition to a recognition certificate from the Montana chapter of the USGBC, representatives for Montana Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh, and a representative for Governor Steve Bullock shared words of support for sustainable building.

* LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project. http://www.usgbc.org/leed

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

Wilderness medicine in South America and Africa: Dispatch from WMI Instructor, Mike Moxness

By Leslie van Barselaar on 10/15/13 4:52 AM
I am a registered nurse living in Anchorage, Alaska. I spent much of my career in the emergency room. I got my Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) from NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) back in 1999 in preparation for a tour of duty up with the mountaineering patrol on Denali in 2000. I started teaching for WMI in 2001, mostly WEMTs with a few Wilderness First Responder (WFR) courses up here in Alaska.
Mike Moxness and Daniel DeKay, WMI Instructors, and Matt Medich, WFR, in northwest Nicaragua 2011
About 5 years ago, I started signing on to medical teams going to developing nations, and once I started, there was no looking back. I've worked in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Uganda and Kenya on multiple occasions. I am typically a member of a small expatriate team sent in to support local medical staff during emergencies. My last two trips have been to Uganda at refugee camps along the border with Congo. In January, I'll be back in Honduras, teaching at a rural hospital.
My work has been with Medical Teams International, located in Portland, Oregon, and MEDICO, located in Austin, Texas. There are quite a few good outfits out there, but these two have been good fits for me. I've also been seconded to World Concern (on the Somalia border) and worked in multi-organizational teams with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Humedica.
Kenya-Somalia border in 2012
The wilderness medicine model is extremely useful in these assignments where resources are few and problems are many. Wilderness medicine is a context of practice: improvised or inadequate gear, inconsistent or non-existent communication with outside support, challenging environments for patient and caregiver, and independent risk-benefit decision-making.
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Topics: WMI WEMT, WMI, WMI WFR, wilderness medicine international, Live the Dream, WMI instructor

Backpacks, Fake Blood and Femur Fractures: Wilderness First Responder Course

By Leslie van Barselaar on 6/12/13 6:03 AM

This post was written by Jeremy Robertson, an Adventure Outings, Chico, CA Staff Member, and participant in last week’s Wilderness First Responder course taught by NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute.

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Topics: wilderness medicine

Community Relief Medic Course

By Leslie van Barselaar on 6/6/13 8:32 AM

This is an article in the Wilderness Medical Society magazine by Jon Lowrance, WMI Instructor, about the Community Relief Medic Course offered by NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute affiliate, Landmark Learning, in Cullowhee, NC. The redesigned Community Relief Medic course is unique in that it focuses the medical training and scenarios to the context of responding to a disaster or assisting in relief medical clinics. The two-day course includes hands-on training in patient assessment, common medical problems and their management, and medical decision-making. The course is appropriate training for medical mission and disaster response teams, local fire, law enforcement and EMS groups, scouting groups and members of the public who wish to be prepared and possibly volunteer when disasters occur.

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Topics: wilderness medicine

NOLS Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus project wins award!

By Leslie van Barselaar on 1/25/13 8:48 AM

Every year the Concrete Association of Wyoming accepts nominations from current CAW members for recognition of concrete projects completed and performed in the state of Wyoming. The Project “NOLS Wyss Wilderness Medical Campus” in Lander Wyoming has received the award in the Special Projects category/ School Facilities, for its innovative uses of concrete. The award was nominated by Rocky Mountain Pre-Mix Concrete, Lander Wyoming.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

NOLS Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus Hosts First Wilderness EMT Course

By Leslie van Barselaar on 12/5/12 5:08 AM

The new National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus has seen its first Wilderness Emergency Technician (WEMT) course reach completion. On Nov. 30, 30 newly minted WEMTs became the first graduating class to utilize the cutting-edge facility in Wyoming.

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Topics: wilderness medicine

News from the WMI California WEMT program at the College of the Siskiyous

By Leslie van Barselaar on 9/14/12 4:45 AM

This summer NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) ran our first two Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) courses in our new home for our California WEMT program near Mt. Shasta at the College of the Siskiyous. The College of the Siskiyous (COS) is home to established programs for Paramedics, EMTs, and Wildland Fire Fighters. This summer we also were able to catch up with Tony Osa, the Fire Program Coordinator at the College of Siskiyous.

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Topics: wilderness medicine

Update on Funding the Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus Construction

By Leslie van Barselaar on 6/6/12 7:13 AM

The Wilderness Medicine recently celebrated a milestone in internal fundraising when 75% of their staff graciously gave a gift toward the construction of the Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus. Tod Schimelpfenig, WMI Curriculum Director and NOLS senior staff, stepped up to lead a staff-initiated campaign that also put his skin in the game. Schimelpfenig gallantly offered to display himself wearing a WMI Buff® as a tube-top if 85% of the WMI staff donated to the cause.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute Announces New WEMT Programming in Northern California

By Leslie van Barselaar on 4/25/12 8:01 AM

NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) is pleased to announce its California Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) program has a new home near Mt. Shasta at the College of the Siskiyous.

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Topics: wilderness medicine

NOLS presents alumni achievement award to Camargo

By Leslie van Barselaar on 10/26/11 5:32 AM

Lander, Wyo — Luis Camargo, founder of the nonprofit OpEPA (Organización para la Educatión y Protección Ambietal) accepted the National Outdoor Leadership School’s (NOLS) Alumni Achievement Award last Saturday evening.

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Topics: Live the Dream