MCC nursing offers another classroom experience

It’s been said that learning by doing can be the best way to understand. Meridian Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program students get that learning opportunity with its trauma scenario simulation sessions.

In a recent procedure, mannequins were used to mimic trauma victims suffering from burns, lacerations, fractures and other injuries. 

Fourth semester ADN students participating in the exercise were given cards to determine triage, the order of care, and the same students later gathered to determine which nursing staff would tend to the injured. The students then cared for their “patients” in the College’s Betty W. Davis Center for Nursing Simulation Studies facilities. 

Nurses not only need technical competencies to succeed on the job, but they also need critical thinking skills to provide safe, effective care, MCC ADN instructors said. They can gain those skills by utilizing nursing simulation scenarios, such as the one conducted last week.

And because situations such as the one simulated can happen anywhere – inside or outside the hospital – being prepared can be among the best medicine.