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Grant provides for new nursing lab

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Grant provides for new nursing lab

With a $50,000 grant from the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association's (AzHHA) Campaign for Caring (CFC), Eastern Arizona College's Nursing Department has renovated the nursing lab for high technology. New life-size interactive manikins, patient monitors, computers, printers, nursing software, and other medical equipment have been purchased and implemented into the curriculum. The nursing lab was renovated this past summer and is now being used by 72 first and second year nursing students.

The high-tech nursing lab enables nursing instructors to create and teach clinical experiences using real-life case scenarios with interactive manikins as patients that interact with the students in the nursing lab. Students are allowed to make mistakes and learn from them in a no-risk environment. The simulations will be used to augment their regular hospital experiences which become essential due to limited facilities in our area and because certain cases are limited in real situations. With the new lab, nursing students can obtain all types of experience which will make them better prepared and more confident in the “real” world. Students are also able to practice virtual clinical nursing using computer software and case studies via the Internet in the computer lab.

For more information about the new nursing lab or about EAC’s Nursing Program, please call the nursing department at 428-8396.