There are a bunch of reasons why students are flocking to the nursing program at Kirtland Community College. The technology available at the Health Sciences Center seems to be topping the list.
There only are a couple of other nursing programs in Michigan with the state-of-the-art simulation trainers available for students at the HSC, located on 4 Mile Road, just east of I-75.
The trainers are part computer, part patient. It’s simply the most modern teaching tool available for nursing students.
Arguably the coolest one is called an anatomage table. Students look down into a digital table that reveals a virtual body. Instructors program the “patient” to have a plethora of health issues. Students examine “it” and make a diagnosis and recommendations.
You’ve probably never seen one—and you’re not alone. There only are two others in the entire state. Nursing students that learn on one will be way ahead of their peers.
Several simulation trainers are in use at the HSC, including:
“Sim Man” trainer mannequins:
- an adult
- OB/GYN pregnant woman and fetus (can be programmed for normal delivery and in distress)
- youth trainer (8- to 10-year-old child)
and the anatomage table
Kirtland made a multi-million-dollar investment in this technology to meet the growing demand for nurses ready to hit the ground running and confident with the best medical equipment in the world.
The technology may be getting the most attention, but the way the HSC was designed to mimic real-world healthcare settings really trumps the technology. Students in every health program interact in the building. It houses all the health-related programs Kirtland offers. The facility looks, feels and operates much like a hospital or other healthcare setting. There’s even a room for peer review after procedures performed on the trainer mannequins and anatomage table.
The college’s commitment to preparing exceedingly qualified nurses in healthcare is punctuated by its LPN, LPN-to-RN and RN programs, as well as the parallel RN-to-BSN (Bachelor of Science and Nursing) partnership with Saginaw Valley State University.
The program was created to meet advances in technology and match the design of the HSC. Nursing students looking for a place to study — and brag about — should head to Kirtland. To learn more about the Nursing program at Kirtland, go to http://www.kirtland.edu/programs-we-offer/nursing-degrees or call Cesalee at 989-275-6745.[Not a valid template]
Check out these videos demonstrating the Anatomage Table. The images you see are created from thousands of photographs. This video is part of the Anatomage Table Project from Anatomage.