The Nursing Skills Center has become the hub of nursing activity on campus. With 17 bed bays for 10 mid-fidelity mannequins, and four high-fidelity mannequins, the space is now utilized to capacity. Students engage in active learning in a safe learning environment with faculty who love to teach, so this is an exciting place to be. We do want you to visit, but please arrange visits through the nursing office since class sessions and workshops do make this a very busy place.
Simulation in health care education is a key part of ensuring that students become competent and confident practitioners. However, this is not a replacement for developing the art of bedside nursing skills at our clinical agencies. We feel so blessed in the clinical placements that have been entrusted to us at the many local
community agencies. We have been able to achieve a wonderful balance between simulated learning, as an extension of the clinical environment, to ensure that students are better able to interact in a meaningful and prepared manner with clients when they are attend clinical. Our agency partners have been a terrific resource and support as the nursing program has grown over the years, and we are so grateful for their partnership and for their encouragement of students.
The clinic has afforded an opportunity for the nursing faculty and students to offer health care outreach for faculty, staff and the community. Health care for students has already been well provided for through the on-campus Health Services Center, but as an extension of that ministry outreach, the clinic was begun.
Loving Care Nurse-Led Clinic’s opening ceremony was held back on May 12. It has been a busy time of renovation throughout the The program has had another very successful year. Fourteen students completed their studies in August 2011 and are currently undertaking professional licensure examinations. Also in August a new cohort of 23 students started the program and they have been working hard to meet theory and clinical expectations. This Fall, the students have taken part in several events including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Alexandria.
Mrs. Karen Sanchez is now the new secretary for Allied Health Division.
Of the more than 50 students who have begun Fundamentals and Physical Assessment coursework, 43 students were presented at the Commissioning Ceremony in the Granberry Conference Center on Sept. 26. The ceremony preceded the students’ first day in the clinical agencies. Reminiscent of nursing capping ceremonies, the commissioning ceremony dedicates students for the ministry of nursing.