MERIDIAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DELIVERS REWARDING EXPERIENCE TO NURSING STUDENTS THROUGH ER SIMULATION
In Meridian, Mississippi, fourth semester nursing students at the Meridian Community College, recently conducted a simulated multi-victim trauma situation, pouring all the knowledge they got in college, attending to mock-patients, suffering from spinal cord injuries, a heart attack, burns, and a traumatic amputation.
?We want them to be totally immersed in it, we want them to feel like these are real patients, and that they have to utilize all their skills for and pull it together and be able to take care of their patients,? said Jeff Hemphill, an associate degree nursing instructor with MCC.
Though it was a simulation, students had to handle a lot of responsibilities under the critical situation.
?We multi-task even in some other activities, but this for me, that I was the in-charge nurse was a lot of multi-tasking,? said nursing student Ana Primeaux.
With the activity, Hemphill observed how the students performed.
?They seem to be a little bit frustrated in the initial part of it but they seem to get it together, and then after we do the simulation itself, they all see where they need to learn and they also seem to always say that this was the best thing they?ve done since they?ve been in nursing school,? Hemphill said.
The students will be graduating this December.
Erudite Nursing Institute? values the importance of ER simulation labs, because students must have a personal encounter of what to experience during a high pressure situation right before they enter the real medical world.
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