New teaching methods to improve quality of nursing

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 6th December, 2018 ( – New teaching methods in the nursing program at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College in St. Kitts are being heralded as a step in the right direction to administer a more modern type of teaching experience for student nurses.

This should come as good news to many given the concerns being raised in the country about the significant drop in the number of persons enrolling in the faculty and the staff shortages being created at the local medical facilities.

Dean of the Division of Health Sciences at the CFBC, Dr. Rondalyn Dennis-Bradshaw, recently revealed that the Nursing Clinical Simulation Laboratory at the institution has changed the way the school’s BScN Nursing Program is taught.

Dennis-Bradshaw, explained that students are now better prepared to enter a real clinical setting.

This she said is being facilitated by the new state of the art lab that was put in place earlier this year on 15th April.

The Dean said that there is a significant difference between the previous methods of delivering the program to the one that is now in place. She explained that in previous times, the simulation lab had low fidelity mannequins that were not computerized. Students were therefore left with no option but to learn their first skills with the outdated method and equipment, including even the basic forms of bed-making, bed-bathing and dressings.

However, “The simulation lab now creates an environment that mimics a real clinical setting,” said the Dean.

“So whatever the students will experience in the hospital, they are first exposed to them in the simulation lab,” she said.

S She added, “The environment in the simulation lab is risk-free. They can make mistakes over and over again until they correct themselves, with guidance of course, and there is a chance for them to reflect, visually and mentally, on what they did and what they didn’t do through a process we call debriefing.”

In addition, the simulation lab allows the students to build their competence and, most importantly to, build their confidence as well, said Dr. Dennis-Bradshaw.

Another feature of the lab is “Sim Mom” who can be set to have an actual birth.
“So we set the scenario with the blood and everything so that when the students get [to the hospital] they don’t (get nervous). They are accustomed now to that setting,” said the dean.
The lab also features a “Sim Baby” that is set to simulate the characteristics of a real baby.
“When we’re teaching neonatal resuscitation, the students can grade themselves on the progress that they are making because we can set the computer to make the baby’s face bluish, which indicates that the baby is not getting enough oxygen,” she explained. “So when the student actually starts to give the breaths, the baby will turn back pink. He would move his limbs and cry and the students would start to clap. So with the system we had before, we could not have done this.”