Edison State College introduces new training facility for its nursing program

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November 28th, 2010

Edison State College (ESC) has introduced a new healthcare training facility for its nursing program that emulates a hospital setting, Naples Daily News reports.

The new 55,000-square foot building replaces ESC’s previous 1,800-square foot space and is said to recreate a hospital environment.

Inside the $13.5-million, yet-to-be-named facility, will be a 28,000 square foot mock 10-bed hospital – including a mock operating room and units for intensive care, pediatrics, obstetrics and skilled nursing training.

Students can use an array of patient simulators – which offer lifelike medical symptoms – to make their own decisions while training. These sessions will be simulcast to classrooms for learning purposes.

Anne Harner, a nursing professor, believes that working with simulators will mean “less anxiety” for students when they enter the workforce.

Nursing students will be able to learn alongside peers about respiratory care and other disciplines in the embedded teaching environment.

Out of the 400 people who applied to the nursing program this fall, 102 were accepted. Having a larger facility does not mean ESC will be able to expand enrollment in the immediate future. However, Mary Lewis, associate dean of health professions and director of nursing predicts, that growth will happen in due time.

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