March 10, 2011
Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) will be the home of a new state-of-the-art nursing simulation laboratory equipped with Education Management Solutions’ (EMS)simulation management technology. The new laboratory will be located in the Nursing Education Building, a facility used by the three colleges in the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (VATNP), VHCC, Mountain Empire Community College, and Southwest Virginia Community College.
The EMS technology will assist students to learn from simulation experiences since they will be able review their performance of recorded events and receive faculty feedback during debriefing. In addition, faculty will be able to evaluate students’ competencies using electronic checklists. VATNP students currently complete clinical training in hospitals throughout the region. The simulation lab will enhance this training by allowing students to simultaneously care for multiple "computerized" patients who require different levels of care. Each session in the lab will be videotaped using EMS technology and reviewed by the student and nursing instructor to ensure students are learning from the lab experience.
Alongside the estimated 480 VATNP students, the area’s healthcare workers in continuing education programs and other nursing programs will also benefit from using the lab. VATNP enrollment has steadily increased, with 150 to 200 new students each year. EMS technology will help VHCC accommodate this growing number of learners by streamlining the management of the simulation laboratory with software to record events, automate the scheduling of rooms and participants, evaluate, score, generate longitudinal reports, and track lab inventory.