While classroom learning is essential to effective, high-quality nursing and allied health programs, it is “experiential learning” that plays the most vital role in developing solid clinical and critical thinking skills. In fact, at least 50% of the healthcare educational experience is hands-on learning.
By adding clinical learning scenarios in a health simulation laboratory, Northeast Iowa Community College creates a clinical environment similar to those found in hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities to significantly increase the amount of practice that students receive. This will help NICC enhance the students’ learning as well as engage more practitioners in healthcare careers.
The Health Simulation Laboratories at NICC campuses in Calmar and Peosta can be outfitted to duplicate an emergency room, maternity suite or other clinical settings. The centerpiece of learning in these scenarios is a human patient simulator. These sophisticated computer-driven mannequins replicate human physiology and clinical symptoms and responses with remarkable realism. Critical to the learning experience is the digital video recording of each simulation exercise, along with performance evaluation software. Using these tools, faculty can review, evaluate, track and instruct NICC students in the techniques of clinical care.
The Calmar campus Health Simulation Laboratory is located in Max Clark Hall. The Peosta campus Health Simulation Laboratory is located in the lower level of the main building.