The on-campus nursing classroom is a state-of-the-art classroom that is equipped and engineered for distance delivery by means of video conferencing system technology allowing real time interaction with students and faculty at an outreach center in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. All nursing courses have an online classroom available to handle announcements, topic outlines, discussion boards, and other communication from the faculty. Student response systems allow for enhanced student participation during class and provide instructors with instant feedback related to student understanding of content. Concept mapping is utliized to enhance presentations and to help students visualize information, boost memory and generate ideas.
Simulation and Skills Laboratories
The simulation and skills laboratories present a sophisticated and innovative learning environment in which students synthesize didactic and clinical knowledge as they transition into professional practice. The simulation lab is occupied by life size mannequins--from infant thru adult-- that simulate symptoms, diseases, and conditions nurses are likely to see in a real patient care setting. The labs are fully furnished with supplies and equipment, such as IV pumps, EKG monitors, medication carts, crash carts, and isolation carts to create a more realistic hospital environment.
High-fidelity clinical simulations are integrated throughout the curriculum and used in conjunction with a variety of direct patient care experiences. Simulated learning experiences provide realistic and challenging scenarios to assist students in developing clinical judgment and decision-making skills. These scenarios allow students to respond to patient situations and learn correct interventions in a controlled environment, thereby decreasing risks inherent in practicing skills on live patients. A debriefing area allows for discussions and reflective learning following a simulated learning experience.
Direct Patient Care Clinical
Classroom instructors also teach in direct patient care clinical areas in local communities, which bridges classroom content with practical application in the clinical setting. Clinical rotations begin in the first semester of the program and continue throughout. Each core nursing course has a clinical component whereby students are placed in a clinical environment and engage in learning experiences in which they provide direct care to patients under the close supervision of a nursing professional. Our main objective is the careful selection of community agencies whose clinical opportunities meet the goals of the nursing program. The program offers students the advantage of a variety of clinical settings and nursing environments in which to complete the required clinical hours.
Most testing is done in a computer laboratory to resemble the style and format of the national licensing examination.