The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a grant in the amount of $267,680 to Bevill State Community College for equipment to enhance training for health professionals.
The HRSA grant will allow the College to establish patient simulation laboratories on each of the College’s four campuses located in Fayette, Hamilton, Jasper, and Sumiton. Each lab will be equipped with state-of-the art virtual patient simulators that will enhance the training curriculum for nursing students.
“Our nursing program has a great reputation and is one of the best in the state,” said Bevill State President Dr. Anne McNutt. “We have been ranked among the top 50 nursing producer programs in the nation for the past two years.”
“The addition of the simulation laboratories will provide improved training opportunities for our nursing students as well as increase student engagement in the classroom and clinical settings which should improve our student retention rate,” she added.
As students train in the simulation labs they will be exposed to a full array of patient cases in a short period of time in a risk-free environment. Students will work in a clinical simulation environment that provides real-life training scenarios, allowing instant feedback that is responsive to students’ decision-making without endangering human patients.
“We are very excited to have this new equipment,” said Penne Mott, Dean of Health Sciences. “Our students’ learning experiences will be enhanced by the opportunity to witness and experience the results of their actions and inaction as the patient responds or fails to responds to their interventions.”
In addition to enhancing the curriculum, the faculty will increase their focus on improving retention rates of first-year nursing students as they try to acquire and retain critical patient care skills during the first year of the nursing curriculum.
The project, entitled Equipment Enhancement Training for Health Professionals-Nursing Workforce Diversity, is supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and will substantially benefit underserved populations by preparing highly qualified health professionals who will work in the area.