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Patient Simulators Providing Experience During Covid

Wallace Community College Continuing Clinical Practice for Students
Published: Nov. 6, 2020 at 11:29 AM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -Covid-19 has caused many industries to adapt to new methods including the medical industry. But the changes won’t stop students at Wallace Community College from practicing their clinical skills.

Emergency rooms are filled with patients who need varying treatment and this Wallace College Simulation Center is no different.

Associate Degree Nursing Instructor at WCC, Dr. Wendy DuBose said, “During this crisis more than ever I think that having this ability to continue their instruction has been very very important.”

Access to healthcare agencies is limited but the center allows them to adapt.

“Because it’s a simulated environment the Board of Nursing in particular does permit us to use a certain number of hours of their clinical experience to be derived from a setting such as this,” DuBose said.

Allowing students to care for a patient that displays the issues they are addressing in class.

“When you’re in the hospital you cannot guarantee every student will see every type of patient particularly the ones that you are currently discussing in your course," DuBose said.

He breathes, he blinks he talks he does everything a real patient would do in the hospital. With the simulator they have to monitor his vitals and make sure that his health and well being is put at the forefront.

ADN Student at Wallace Community College, Anna Perkins said, “If mistakes are made here its not on real people its just on the simulators so the mistakes that were made can be learned from that way if those situations come about in real life we can provide the adequate care to our patients.”

Testing the nursing students on their ability to think critically and react to the situation in front of them.

DuBose said, “If there’s a mistake whatever its okay we will reboot the simulator.”

Getting the hands on practice they need to save a life.

The Simulation Center has 12 different simulators in hospital-like rooms to provide an extensive experience.

Instructors in a control room can make changes to what the students are presented as they react to what’s in front of them.

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