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The computers in this lab provide multimedia tutorials and learning support for students registered in BC’s Nursing program.
The Bellevue College Nursing Skills Lab is partially funded by a President's Community-Based Job Training Grant, as implemented by the US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. It includes an electronic classroom space, computer lab, skills training lab, and simulation room.
The electronic classroom/computer lab provides a setting for skills lectures. The teaching podium includes a PC, DVD/VHS player, doc cam and audio equipment. From here, the instructor can project power point lectures, multimedia presentations, and closed circuit video from the simulation room for students to view. In addition, in the classroom there are 6 PC stations loaded with nursing educational software for students to use.
The skills training lab is an 8 bed mock up hospital space with a nurses' station, fully equipped crash cart, medication cart, EKG machine and other hospital based equipment. It provides students with a realistic training setting for nursing care. Students practice and are evaluated on a variety of skills in the lab, including assessment and psychomotor skills. Students use low and mid-fidelity adult, pediatric and infant manikins to practice and demonstrate typical nursing procedures. Mid- fidelity manikins are equipped with lung, heart and bowel sounds, and the ability to verbalize responses and demonstrate variations in vital signs. In addition, as part of the skills learning experience, students can use a variety of skills trainers, such as IV arms, wound care manikins and central line demonstrators.
The simulation room is home to SimMan, our computerized, interactive, hi-fidelity simulation manikin who talks, breathes, and responds like a patient. Students are able to evaluate and develop interventions for SimMan based on the signs and symptoms presented. Using preprogrammed scenarios or “on the fly” programming, SimMan provides students with learning opportunities in a variety of realistic patient care situations in a safe learning environment. The simulation room is equipped with a state of the art video and audio system that allows students in the adjoining classroom to watch their classmates during simulation scenarios.
Each student in the nursing program spends time in the lab every quarter. The first year students learn assessment skills and nursing procedures with a combination of lecture and hands on demonstrations. Second year students return to the lab to demonstrate continued competency of previously learned skills and more specific pediatric and infant nursing care. Final quarter students utilize the simulation setting to demonstrate critical thinking skills.