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GW SON Lends Sim Lab to Loudoun County School
May 15, 2014
GW School of Nursing is committed to community service and supporting the nursing profession. As part of this, the SON Skills and Simulation Lab often hosts various groups. Most recently, the SON sim lab hosted a group of students from the Loudoun County School of Practical Nursing (LSPN) at C.S. Monroe Technology Center—the Loudoun Governor’s Career and Technical STEM Academy.
While at GW, the LSPN student nurses participated in a delivery for the first time, and also learned to bathe, swaddle and give medicine to babies.
The 11 students sim lab experience fulfilled a a clinical obstetrics rotation requirement, needed before they finish the program June 9. Their instructors had trouble finding a clinical site and the Virginia Board of Nursing recommended the SON Sim Lab.
“It’s had everything we needed and more,” said Tonya Helman, Practical Nursing Instructor. “This is a fantastic community partnership,” she said.
Einstine Anonas, 24, one of the students, called working in the sim lab and responding to a simulated birth, “my very first adrenaline rush in the program.” Both his mother and father are LPNs, and Anonas hopes to be working in a hospital as a nurse himself soon, he said.
Brenda Gonzales, 19, likes working with children and wants to be a pediatric nurse. She has been part of the Practical Nursing program at C.S. Monroe Technical Center since her senior year of high school.
While spending the day at the Sim Lab, “I actually felt like I was at a hospital,” Gonzales said.
During the simulated birth, she felt she knew what she was doing, and “I feel prepared now even more,” she said.
Interested groups can tour the Sim Lab, or make arrangements to use it for educational purposes, by contacting Patty Davis, Director, Clinical Skills & Simulation Laboratory.