GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – East Carolina University’s College of Nursing is making sure its graduates go through state of the art training, all thanks to the latest technology.
“It’s sort of the same concept of would you want your pilot to fly an airplane without ever having flown one,” added Dr. Laura Gantt, of ECU nursing.
It deals with real-life scenarios, real tools, and skills.
“I kind of like you can get all your errors and tweaks before you go so you can see what your confident with and work on what you’re not confident with so you can have it down pat before you reach that first patient,” said Jordan Jackson, nursing student.
Every year, dozens of nursing students at ECU participate in simulation labs, where life-size manikins act as patients. Students are the nurses, while behind the scenes, someone acts as the patient’s voice.
It takes place while an instructor records the scenario for future review.
“We would like for them to have plenty of opportunities to practice different things before they actually take care of people,” said Gantt.
At ECU, there are six simulation labs. Both administrators and students said this type of technology is vital to a student success
Gantt added, “It allows us to kind of level their experiences so that they get exposure to a lot of different things that they might not otherwise get exposure to.”
“I feel so much more confident, I can walk into there, into the hospital room, with my patient; let them know they’re in great hands I’ve done this before,” Jackson commented.
Moving forward, administrators want health majors from all across the university to participate in simulations together.