A nurses worst nightmare is going into a room and not knowing how to care for a patient, said nursing student Chris Mendoza.
With the completion of the new simulation lab at Dalton State College, nursing students, and others in the health professions, dont have to worry about facing that fear. The simulation lab is designed to prepare health professions students for just about any situation they may face in clinical practice and, later, in the workplace.
The sim lab increases my confidence 100-fold, said Mendoza, a second-year student in the associate of science in nursing program. Youre afraid to touch the patients the first year in the program, but that nervousness slows down so much because the sim lab brings you to where you can just do it without hesitation. The lab provides a safe space to learn. Health professions programs are intense. We learn a lot in a short amount of time, so a safe learning environment before working with real patients is even more important.
Nursing students at Dalton State have had experience working with a simulation mannequin in the past. With the opening of the simulation lab this past semester, students from the other disciplines respiratory therapy, radiological ...