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Giving Hearts campaign supports LRSC Nursing program

By   Erin Wood

Nurses are well known for being giving hearts. The compassion and dedication nurses show on a daily basis to patients and loved ones defines the career.

Now, the general public has the opportunity to be a giving heart and support nursing education in the Lake Region. 

In partnership with the Dakota Medical Foundation and the Impact Foundation, Lake Region State College is participating in a 24-hour fundraising event, “Giving Hearts Day” on February 13.

The goal for the campaign is $4,000 in online gifts to go towards a family of simulation mannequins for nursing students and faculty to use in the new nursing education labs. Additionally, online gifts of at least $10 or more will be matched dollar for dollar-up to $4,000- by the Dakota Medical Foundation.

All gifts will help purchase a family of simulator mannequins for nursing students and faculty to use in new nursing education labs currently under construction and set to open later this fall. 

Nursing education has transformed over the years. One of the transformations is the use of high-fidelity patient simulators, which allow students hands- on experience with high risk patients, said Karen Clementich, nursing coordinator at LRSC.

“Patient simulators allow students to synthesize data from actual patient problems, make clinical decisions and reflect on the outcome of the simulation whether positive or negative,” Clementich said. 

Risks to clients are eliminated because the simulation takes place in a safe environment on patient simulators. Evaluations from students report that they receive increased confidence enhance critical reasoning skills and feel increased appreciation for safety concerns in the clinical area, she said.

She also states that adding studies on simulators is important to nursing education because of the increased complexity surrounding the health care system. 

“Using simulation provides another environment for nurse educators to prepare nurses to integrate information learned in the classroom into practice, work collaboratively with interdisciplinary team members and to provide safe and ethical care.”

Nursing program faculty also believe that effective use of patient simulation will support increased enrollment at a time when there is a significant shortage of nursing professionals in rural areas.

“Access to quality healthcare resources is a priority concern for those who live in LRSC’s immediate service area as well as throughout the state,” Clementich said.

Lake Region State College is part of the Dakota Nursing Program. The Dakota Nursing Program includes LRSC, Bismarck State College, Williston State College, and Dakota College at Bottineau. Students can study practical nursing and associate degree nursing at LRSC in Devils Lake and LRSC also offers nursing at a distance outreach site in Mayville.