Describing a state-of-the-art simulation trainer like the ones nursing students will use this fall at the new Kirtland Regional Health Sciences Center can be tricky.
It’s part body, part computer.
It’s both, but it’s not, really.
It is the most modern teaching tool available for nursing students.
Imagine peering down into a digital table that shows a virtual body. Your instructors have just programmed “it” to have a bunch of health issues. You get to examine the “patient” and come up with a diagnosis and recommendations.
If you haven’t seen one, that’s understandable. There only are a few other simulators of its kind in Michigan. Nursing students lucky enough to learn with one will be way ahead of their peers.
If you are a Kirtland health sciences student or plan to be one, several simulation trainers will be ready for you in one spot at the new health sciences center near Grayling this fall, including:
- an adult
- OB/GYN pregnant woman and fetus (able to be programmed for normal delivery and in distress)
- youth trainer (equivalent to an 8- to 10-year-old child)
and an anatomage table
Beyond being home to Kirtland’s giant leap in technology, the new building has been designed to create synergy between all of Kirtland’s health programs. The facility will house all health-related programs and create a “health careers-focused environment” with an overlapping learning environment for you regardless of your field of study. It will look, feel and operate much like a hospital or other healthcare setting.
Kirtland changed its nursing program a couple of years ago and spurred inaccurate rumors that the program had been discontinued. The college addressed areas of the program that needed improvement in order to best prepare its students for success as it does from time to time as part of its standard operating procedure. Kirtland’s nursing program is thriving — and moving to the new health sciences center beginning in the fall 2016 semester.
Kirtland’s LPN, LPN-to-RN and RN programs, as well as its parallel RN-to-BSN (Bachelor of Science and Nursing) partnership with Saginaw Valley State University, reflect the college’s commitment to students and preparing well-qualified nurses in health care.
The program has been designed to fit the new science center nearing completion on the NE corner of 4 Mile Road and I-75, near Grayling. If you’re in the area, you should drive by.
Simulators and the newest training equipment for surgical tech, cardiac, EMS, and nursing soon will be in one place instead of three separate spots. The equipment, environment and new center are expected to take the program over the top. We can’t wait to see you there!