Semester End

December 16th, 2011 by cmorris

It’s hard to believe that another semester is coming to an end. Students are finishing up taking final exams and are ready for a well deserved break. It’s time to reflect on the activities here at CSP during these last several weeks.

To improve their diagnostic skills, RN to BSN students in Professor Carol MacLeod’s class spent some time with Gene (3G) as part of their assessment course. They listened to Gene’s heart and lung sounds, identifying the characteristics of  a variety of normal and abnormal sounds.  At the end of the semester they returned to the simlabs for their final exam. Pairs of students performed assessments on each other while their instructor observed, via video feed to our adjoining debriefing room. Each assessment was recorded and uploaded to their Blackboard class platform. Students viewed their own assessment and evaluated their performance. They submitted their comments to receive feedback and their final grade.

RN students practicing their assessment skills.

Gene provides opportunities for RN's to practice assessment skills.

Professor Mariann Mankowski’s Social Work students taking Advanced Clinical Theories for Practice with Individuals, had the opportunity to conduct a therapy session with an actor client who played a role based on a case study. Each student from the class spent 20 minutes with the client, using interventions based on a specific clinical theory. Classmates in the adjoining classroom watched the live video feed.  At the conclusion of the session students were able to obtain feedback from their instructor and the actor.

Practice in Medicine & Health students also came to the simulation labs to practice meeting with a family members in the hospital setting. Professor Cindy Tack developed scenarios the allowed her students the opportunity to gather assessment information, provide interventions and build rapport with various family members, while navigating space, equipment and distractions in a busy hospital intensive care room.

Honing counseling skills in the Sim lab


Social work students meet the "client" during debriefing session.

A clinical case was presented to Physician Assistant students during weekly Integrating Seminars held in the simulation labs. One student was assigned the role of the patient while teams of two students took turns practicing their assessment and interview skills. Four teams of students systematically completed a head to toe assessment of their “client.” They took a history and performed a physical exam on the “patient” based on his/her chief complaint. Each team received feedback from their fellow students and faculty.

PA students Integrating Seminar debriefing session.

Nurse Anesthesia students spent many hours in the skills lab (Blewett 203) this semester. Besides practicing a variety of task training skills, they also had hands on practice on the anesthesia machine. Prior to coming to the machine check lab, they watched a video filmed in the simulations labs, starring MSNA Director Maribeth Massie. The video provided information about how to perform a comprehensive check of the anesthesia machine.

MSNA students task training practice lab session.

Cynthia and Ryan were delighted to host aspiring health professions students from Westbrook Regional High School who had the opportunity to see what goes on here at CSP and to practice some of the skills that they have been learning in their Introduction to Health Professions course. Students were enthusiastic and looked very professional in their scrubs.  They were an impressive group of young people and several expressed the desire to attend UNE. We hope they do!

Westbrook Regional students visit with SimMan 3G.

Nursing 201 (Medical Surgical Nursing II) students, under the direction of Professor Dawne-Marie Dunbar, continued their weekly visits to the simlab. They were always enthusiastic learners and appreciative of the opportunity to practice caring for a variety of different simulated patients here in at CSP. We saw fewer nursing students this past semester because of the transition from our ADN program to our new BSN program. We look forward to next fall when the first class of BSN nursing students (currently sophomores in Biddeford) will arrive on this campus and begin learning clinical skills in the simulation labs.

Nursing students meet their post operative patient.

We’ve had a great semester and are already busy collaborating with faculty and planning for a busy spring semester. Check back with us next month to learn all about the newest members of our simulation family. Very exciting!

Happy Holidays to All.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

See you in January!

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