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LWC Nursing Program hosts simulation event
By Travis Smith
LWC Assistant Director of Public Relations
The Lindsey Wilson College Nursing Program held a simulation event on Wednesday, March 8. The event, titled Simulation: Advancing Healthcare Outcomes, brought nursing students and members of the professional healthcare community together for a full day of activities including crisis resource management, nursing break out sessions, simulations and a keynote address.
University of Louisville Associate Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Dr. Aaron Calhoun MD delivered the keynote on Wednesday morning to a group of over 120 nursing students, faculty, staff and other healthcare professionals. In his address, Calhoun noted the importance of simulation events as a way of sharing new ideas.
"Today is a great opportunity to be part of something that's new and growing in the field of simulation," said Calhoun, who also practices as an intensivist at Norton Children's Hospital. "The goal is to make sure we find new ways to help children."
The program was sponsored by Kosair Charities, T.J. Samson Hospital, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, Taylor Regional Hospital and Spring View Hospital.
Calhoun said that there are certain attitudes and practices that can put patients at risk and that he's thankful that Lindsey Wilson College is helping facilitate better practices.
"In many places I've been there's a power differential between physicians and nurses and that puts patients in danger," said Calhoun. "I see events like today's event at the college as part of what's important to break down those [power difference] barriers."
•Dr. Marian Smith RN, Chair of Division of Nursing & Health at Lindsey Wilson College, remarked on the importance of partnerships with the community and the college as a way of reaching common goals.
"Four years ago we didn't have any pediatric simulators and we had challenges in finding ways to deliver that content to our students," said Smith. "With the grant we received from Kosair Charities we've been able to purchase simulators and hold clinical labs weekly for students to learn. Our partners in the regional hospitals are able to observe and ask questions which allows us increase their educational competency within their staffs. We see that as part of our mission. They support us because they hire our graduates and we want to outreach to support them as well. Only when we work together can we achieve all that we hope to achieve."
Shelbi Cheatham, a nursing student from Columbia, Kentucky, was one of the many students to attend the simulation on Wednesday. For her the day was vital to her future profession.
"My main takeaway from today's simulation activities was how to react and respond to a code," said Cheatham. "This was something I hadn't been exposed to, therefore it was a very educational experience that I'm glad I was given the opportunity to be part of."
Cheatham said that being able to receive her nursing education in her hometown is a testament to the opportunities Lindsey Wilson College makes possible.
"It's a wonderful experience," said Cheatham. "Having a state of the art nursing facility at my finger-tips keeps me grounded. Becoming a nurse is a dream that I'm able to achieve close to home. Adair County has a big impact on young people and I feel a big part of that is because of Lindsey Wilson College."
This story was posted on 2017-03-10 08:41:33
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