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FNU Opens New Clinical Simulation Lab in Downtown Hyden
MARCH 2013: Frontier Nursing University recently expanded its campus clinical facilities by opening a new clinical simulation lab in downtown Hyden. This new simulation lab provides an additional space where students can gain hands-on clinical experience to prepare them for the clinical practicum in their home communities. FNU nursing and midwifery students will utilize the space during their one-week required on-campus clinical sessions.
With an enrollment of more than 1,500 students today, FNU acquired the additional simulation lab to accommodate the growing number of students and to improve the quality of education provided. The university focuses on educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to work in rural and underserved areas, and high quality simulation labs are crucial in ensuring the education that students receive is reflective of what they will encounter with patients in their own communities.
In the lab, students work with faculty on simulations to gain exposure to the types of clinical situations they may experience in their future roles as practitioners. The first class to utilize the new lab space was a group of family nurse practitioner students attending an FNU Clinical Bound session in January. Clinical Bound is the second required on-campus session that provides students with the opportunity to brush up on their clinical skills right before beginning their clinical practicum rotation. Kathryn Irwin, a Family Nurse Practitioner student who attended a session in the new lab, shares that “the simulation lab experience is one of the best real life learning experiences,” and it “helps prepare us for the great responsibility we are about to undertake.”
In the simulation lab, students take turns acting as patients with various symptoms, gathering health history information, asking questions, formulating diagnoses and prescribing treatments. “This experience was invaluable in helping me quickly identify my strengths and weaknesses prior to going into clinical rounds. It gave me the awareness to make myself a better practitioner, and gave me the confidence I needed to meet my clinical challenges,” shared Family Nurse Practitioner student Will Goodwin after experiencing the new lab.
Dr. Julie Marfell, Associate Dean of Family Nursing also shared, “We are very grateful for this opportunity to better accommodate students in simulating real life patient experiences in a safe environment. Having this new space along with faculty to provide direction and help students work through different patient situations, leads to a more thorough and personalized experience.”
About Frontier Nursing University:
For more than 70 years, Frontier Nursing University, based in Hyden, Kentucky, has educated nursing leaders who have touched the lives of children and families across the nation and around the globe. Today, Frontier is a premier nursing university preparing more nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners than any other school in the country. Our graduate-level programs prepare nursing leaders in the primary care of women and families with an emphasis on rural and underserved populations. Our university, which utilizes distance-learning methods, makes graduate-level education accessible to nurses in rural areas and ultimately fosters accessibility to quality healthcare by graduating advanced-practice providers to work in these underserved communities.