Trinity Christian College is delighted to announce the construction of a new nursing lab, ushering the College’s nursing program into the future of nursing education in order to continue its tradition of excellence.
As Trinity’s nursing program has grown—the number of junior and senior nursing majors has more than doubled in the last five years alone—the lab space has grown increasingly crowded. To address the rising number of nursing students and the paradigm shift in nursing education, the College began construction on an addition to the nursing department at the beginning of the summer.
The nursing department addition is located in the space adjacent to the nursing department offices, formerly home to a computer laboratory and the offices of the computer services staff (which have been relocated to the former nursing lab and the rearranged library). The new space contains offices for the additional nursing faculty members hired to serve the rising number of nursing students, but its highlight is the new laboratory facility. The addition contains two separate, appropriately-equipped lab spaces for junior and senior students to practice the skills that they are learning, and it also includes two high-tech simulation labs.
Trinity’s two simulation laboratories each consist of an observation room from which a professor can watch students and remotely control a high-fidelity simulation manikin (which can be programmed to simulate myriad medical conditions and automatically respond to student intervention). Nursing equipment, including such elements as a computer for charting, monitors and equipment for critical care, an IV pump, and dressings make up the reproduced hospital room. Audio-visual equipment also records student interactions, making later review and self-assessment possible. In this environment, nursing faculty can ensure that all students are exposed to the same broad range of nursing scenarios using real medical equipment and prepared for real clinical situations.
The nursing faculty and students are delighted that this project has become a reality, as its benefit—both to the nursing students and to their future patients—is enormous. The College is grateful to those who have pledged their financial support to this vital project.