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College Tests Nursing Students with Hospital Simulation

Students who are enrolled in Minnesota’s Central Lakes College’s (CLC) nursing program recently had the opportunity to participate in a hospital simulation, reports the Brainerd Dispatch.
The semi-annual, two-day simulation exercise was designed to test students in brief but intense scenarios. CLC’s Brainerd campus nursing lab was converted into a faux hospital for the exercise.
Individuals who are pursuing practical and registered nursing degrees worked 20-minute shifts, during which they assisted five volunteers who played the roles of patients. Through this exercise, the students were able to demonstrate the skills that they were taught in their classes.
In the simulation, the patients were meant to represent individuals from different cultures, and to prepare students for the communication challenges they are sure to encounter. Their medical conditions included stroke, asthma and insulin reaction.
Following the exercise, CLC instructors and professional evaluators debriefed the students, who were asked to reflect on their performance. The news source reports that this is one of several training steps toward obtaining licensure. In addition to completed the simulation, individuals who are enrolled in this school’s nursing program must work clinic and hospital shifts alongside professionals at healthcare facilities in the region.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a licensed practical nurse stands to earn a median wage of $39,030 per year. 

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