AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE
Project Title: Enhanced Training Experiences for Disadvantaged Nursing Students
Applicant organization name: American International College
1000 State Street Springfield, MA 01109
Program applying under, including funding opportunity number:
Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program CFDA 93:411
AIC is seeking to enhance students training experiences through the purchase a networked educational electronic health record system (EHR), one simulation mannequin and one Noelle Newborn HAL birth simulator. The use of simulation experiences will integrate learning and will increase the scope and breadth of experiences to which students are exposed. Simulation learning promotes student anticipation of health issues and to demonstrate how to effectively manage such instances. The use of simulation learning experiences assist students in the gaining competencies needed for providing quality patient care within the clinical setting.
The equipment being proposed for purchase will support the intent of the NWD grant objectives in both the pre-entry and retention activities. Specialized electronic health record systems utilization and clinical simulation will enable prospective students from disadvantaged backgrounds to build their knowledge base, comprehension and competency level. These opportunities will help build a foundation of understanding for disadvantaged students and will support the admission of students into the BSN program, support retention of students and increase the likelihood of graduation.
With advanced simulation and EHR equipment, AIC will have the ability to enrich training opportunities for BSN students, particularly for those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds who may not have confidence and support to develop their abilities.
Objectives to be achieved by the acquisition of proposed equipment include:
Provide clinical simulation experiences as a means to promote student learning for today’s rapidly changing health care environment
Enhance the development of students’ critical thinking skills through high-fidelity “humanlike” clinical simulations using advanced documentation technologies
Increase student ability to anticipate potential health problems, accurately recognize changes in patient condition and to effectively determine solutions, including obstetrical and pediatric issues
Minimize the risk of medication errors in new nurses and promote patient safety in medication administration
Individuals with a strong sense of self-efficacy have the confidence to learn from their failures, to take on more challenges to further develop their clinical skills and capabilities. Through the usage of the proposed equipment, students, particularly who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, will have the ability to increase their knowledge base and clinical performance, developing competencies to meet the demands of the nursing profession and to promote patient safety and effective medication administration.
Students enrolled in the BSN program will be more likely have positive learning experiences, resulting in higher Grade Point Averages, improved critical thinking, problem solving and clinical skill development. The addition of simulation training capabilities will also impact student recruitment. Prospective students will be more likely to enroll in the BSN program knowing that the program provides state of the art teaching and learning experiences.
Faculty will have the ability to demonstrate skills to students and answer questions more effectively while utilizing simulation mannequins. Scenarios can be easily modified to provide real life experiences for students, enabling instructors to focus on clear objectives, provide instant feedback to enrich the quality of training experiences. Additionally, student and faculty interactions will be strengthened.