STATE OF THE ART ADVANCED TRAINING:
Since its inception, the IACSR has been an integral part of training for more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate nursing students, who have successfully transitioned into nursing careers. The school offers student scholarships and has pre-entry and retention programs.
The Pre-Entry Program targets high school students who either have expressed an interest in the nursing profession or are undecided about their career goals. The University hosts a Summer Scholar Program, an educational experience that allows high school juniors and seniors to take courses on campus and earn college credit. The SONHS faculty is responsible for the Summer Scholar’s course entitled “Healthcare: A Process of Health Promotion, Maintenance, Rehabilitation and Medicine.” Simulation is used during this course to introduce students to the role of the bedside nurse. Summer scholars use the simulators to do vital sign, listen to heart sounds and breath sounds, handle syringes, pills and liquids during medication administration and participate in simple clinical scenarios.
Simulation is also used during the completion of the Anatomy and Physiology requisite course, which is completed during the freshman or sophomore year. The use of the simulator early in the education process helps maintain student interest level in the nursing profession and introduces the student to what to expect in nursing school. The program also allows students to meet other students interested in nursing and begin to form social networks and support. Finally, the students meet SONHS faculty, with whom they maintain contact as they complete their pre-requisite courses during their freshman and sophomore years.
The school also offers open clinical skills labs so that students can have access to the simulators outside of class time to reinforce specific skills. Individual attention has contributed to low attrition in the school’s undergraduate programs. The SONHS’s scholarship, pre-entry and retention programs are key to the school’s successful enrollment programs. The SONHS is committed to having the most up-to-date technology for student training. The simulators provide tremendous opportunities for students to put into practice and improve theoretical skills learned in the classroom without compromising patient safety.