MedProU®’s most recent class of registered nurses completed the clinical training portion of their four-week orientation at the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Clinical Skills Simulation Center.
The class of 48 RNs from the Philippines, Kenya, India, and Nepal, trained in real-world scenarios utilizing simulation rooms and mannequins to refine their skills and acclimate to U.S. nursing. “The state-of-the-art simulation laboratories allow nurses to engage in safe and effective practices,” said MedProU® Clinical Instructor Chelsea Harris RN, MSN.
FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Clinical Skills Simulation Center (CSSC)
FAU CSSC’s Boca Campus Center is equipped with 16 state-of-the-art simulation rooms, including models of a hospital, patient examination, and emergency room for simulated patient treatment. Nurses train in rooms fully equipped with hospital beds, exam tables, monitors, IV poles, defibrillators, simulated oxygen ports, otoscopes, and other tools to respond to medical interventions and emergencies. The center also has 20 mannequins representing adult male and female, pediatric, neonatal, and obstetrics birthing patients.
Nurses practiced skills such as performing CPR, using a defibrillator, and administering medication on simulation mannequins who exhibit heartbeats, dilating pupils, and other realistic attributes. Mannequins tracked nurses’ actions and pharmacological agents given and reacted accordingly if a nurse administered an incorrect dosage or drug. The CSSC also employed trained actors so nurses could interact with “patients” and present to “doctors.” “It’s the perfect place to make mistakes and learn,” said Harris.
Nurses were certified for Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) which uses a personalized adaptive algorithm to set students on the most efficient path for learning, emphasizing the importance of preventing cardiac arrest and early and continuous quality CPR.
“This group has a lot of ER and ICU nurses, and they did a great job taking the lead and showing off their leadership skills based on their skill sets,” said Harris. The class is scheduled to graduate on June 28 and deploy to their assignments the following week to states across the country.
Twenty-seven more nurses are training at FAU CSSC this month and will graduate the week of July 8.