SFCC Nursing Students Participate in Mega SIM Days
Every academic term, the South Florida Community College Nursing program continues to find new and innovative ways to teach its students. Recently, the program held its first Mega SIM Days. The two-day, collaborative simulation project involved all students in the Practical Nursing (PN) and Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs, as well as the LPN to RN Transition program, who worked together in learning a variety of nursing skills using the program’s state-of-the-art patient simulators.
Students from each year and program were combined into groups, and the second year students then led their groups through skills including CPR, respiratory and cardiac assessment, and rapid response. The groups also participated in a realistic hospital scenario with a patient simulator. High fidelity patient simulators react to what the students do the same way a human patient would react. They can be programmed to simulate breathing, vocal sounds, heart and lungs sounds, pulses, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation levels. They then change based on the specific disease process the students are observing.
The project was organized by SFCC Nursing Professor Kathleen Cappo, who heard about similar projects taking place in other Nursing programs and felt it was an important tool to incorporate into SFCC’s Nursing program. “It’s a way to refresh second-year students’ skills and reinforce what first-year students are learning,” she said. “It’s going to bring a level of confidence to both advanced and beginning nursing students.”
“As a first-year student, the experience was beneficial to me,” said ADN student Lourvina Ramos. “When you work with the SIMs, you do all of the things you would do when you enter a patient’s room. Having no experience in hospitals, it was good to learn what the process is like.”
Second-year LPN to RN Transition student Meagan Toney also found the experience beneficial to her learning. “Being able to teach the first-year students what I’ve already learned really helped to reinforce my knowledge and gives me confidence in my own abilities.”
“We are passionate about what we do,” said Dr. Michele Heston, director, SFCC Nursing Education. “Our nursing faculty is always excited to bring new projects such as this to our students to help ensure their success.”
Innovative classroom experience is not the only benefit students receive in SFCC’s Nursing program. They are taught by instructors who, collectively, have over 197 years’ worth of hands-on nursing experience, and students complete clinical rotations at a variety of local health care facilities including hospitals, nursing homes, day care centers, and the health department. “We have a strong, quality program with a high level of patient care in our community,” said Dr. Heston. “We work to instill the value in our students that nursing is all about the patient.”
The SFCC Nursing program offers certificates and degrees in nursing assistant; practical nursing, for those studying to become licensed practical nurses; Associate Degree in Nursing, for those studying to become registered nurses; and Nursing Transition – LPN to RN . For more information about the SFCC Nursing program, call Dr. Heston at 863-785-7227.