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Silsbee High School PCT students tour Lamar University's School of Nursing

Silsbee High School PCT students tour Lamar University's School of Nursing

November 9, 2023 - On Thursday, November 9th, thirteen students from the Patient Care Technician Program were given an opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art facilities at the Lamar University School of Nursing. The highlight of the tour included an in-depth exploration of the School's eight-room simulation wing, designed to provide students with a hands-on, real-world learning experience.

Under the guidance of Jenny Thedford, RN, and Rose Harding, RN, these aspiring healthcare professionals delved into the campus life as a nursing student at Lamar University. The duo shared valuable insights into the multitude of resources available within the Nursing building to support student success. Tips on program application, effective study techniques, and accessing resources like "The Caring Place" for study sessions with faculty were also shared.

During the tour, students were encouraged to take a proactive role in patient assessment by listening to lung sounds on high-fidelity simulation mannequins. The experience extended to interacting with a pregnant mannequin, providing insights into the responsibilities and expectations of a Labor and Delivery nurse. Additionally, students were introduced to the concept of Telehealth, gaining a comprehensive understanding of its functionality.

Jenny Thedford emphasized the significance of the simulation labs as a "safe" space, enabling students to practice and learn in an environment that mirrors real-world situations. This approach aims to develop their clinical judgment in preparation for actual healthcare scenarios.

The tour concluded with a comprehensive exploration of the Lamar University campus and a visit to the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Center. The students also enjoyed lunch at theSetzer Center before returning to their campus.

Under the guidance of Mrs. Heather Wiggins, BSN-RN, the students expressed their excitement about their future in healthcare at Lamar University and eagerly anticipate their upcoming graduation. The tour provided valuable insights and hands-on experiences that will undoubtedly shape their journey toward becoming skilled and compassionate healthcare professionals.