Bethel CollegeNursing Program: Simulation Machine Expansion
Nursing Program: Simulation Machine Expansion
Direct patient care experiences for nursing students have traditionally been viewed as vital to preparing students for nursing practice. Unfortunately, the diminished availability of clinical sites and increased restrictions on the skills students are permitted to perform within healthcare facilities are making it more difficult to prepare students to provide safe, effective care.
The development and implementation of human patient simulators (HPS) has proven to be an effective supplement to direct patient care. HPS gives students more opportunities to perfect skills, develop critical thinking, and build confidence through repetition, in a learning environment that creates a realistic, but safe clinical situation.
Nursing Simulation Lab
Nursing Lab Classroom
Nursing Lab Ribbon Cutting
A matching grant provided by the Judd Leighton Foundation provided the funding to add a Simulation Wing to the nursing and science facility. The wing houses a human patient simulation lab outfitted with adult, pediatric and infant human patient simulators, two simulated acute care hospital rooms, a simulator control room, and a debriefing room where students and faculty watch and discuss recordings of each simulated experience. A six-bed, mid-fidelity nursing lab/classroom with low-to-mid-fidelity mannequins for teaching basic skills was also included in the facility.