Bethel College Hosts Open House for Completed $1.15 Million Nursing Lab

Erin Kinzel

Bethel College is hosting an open house for its newly completed $1.15 million nursing lab on Thurs., Oct. 26 from 1 to 2 p.m. Guests can tour the School of Nursing’s new facility, located on the south side of the Middleton Hall of Science, and see the high-fidelity human patient simulators in action.

The lab includes three human patient simulators – one adult, one pediatric and one infant – and two simulated acute care hospital rooms. Beacon Health System and Saint Joseph Health System each sponsored one of the rooms.

There is a simulator control room and a debriefing room where students and faculty will watch and discuss a recording of each simulated experience. These rooms allow students to practice high-level skills in a safe learning environment where they are expected to act exactly as if they were in a hospital, with protocol such as washing their hands before touching the human simulators.

“Students will have the opportunity to practice skills that they don’t often see or can’t be part of in a clinical learning situation,” says Bethel’s Dean of Nursing, Deborah Gillum, Ph.D. One example is simulating a code blue. “If nursing students see a code blue in the hospital, they are just observers, not participants. Here in our acute care hospital rooms, we can simulate a code blue and our students have a chance to physically and mentally practice what needs to be done in that situation. This will make them more confident and prepared when they encounter circumstances like this in the field.”

A new mid-fidelity nursing lab/classroom includes six hospital beds with low- to mid-fidelity mannequins for students to learn basic skills. The entire Davidhizar Wing for Nursing Education was refreshed, with new paint, carpeting, lighting and fixtures, and students now have several updated collaboration areas.

Bethel offers degrees for ADN, BSN, BSN-Completion and MSN, and is the only local school of nursing to provide all of these degrees in one place. Bethel’s nursing student pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is consistently above the national average, and the nursing programs currently have 100 percent job placement for all students, 100 percent employer program satisfaction and 100 percent alumni satisfaction for all degrees offered. In March, Accredited Schools Online ranked Bethel No. 7 in the nation on the list of “Top RN Degree Programs for 2017.”

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