In an effort to boost the effectiveness of its nursing school program, Rivier College in New Hampshire completely renovated its training facilities. The new Sylvia Trottier Hall boasts expanded nursing skills simulation labs as well as other helpful advances.
According to the school, the 1,800-square-foot facility supports Rivier's nursing students who are pursuing their associate's, bachelor's or master's degrees.
"At each level of the program, students go through simulations," said Deborah Dodge, assistant professor of nursing and Chair of the Ad Hoc Simulation Lab Committee. "As students advance, the scenarios get more complex to help them develop critical thinking skills."
Throughout the past several years, several faculty members have developed course-based scenarios that simulate clinical experiences. Nurse practitioner students in the graduate school program can learn advanced health assessment skills by working with standardized patients, which is another method of simulation.
Other advances include a control room with computers and cameras that manages simulated scenarios in all the lab spaces.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of nurses is expected to increase by 22 percent in the coming decade.
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