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Rural Health Network Aids Local Nursing Program

FULTON, NY – The Rural Health Network of Oswego County recently awarded Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus with a grant in support of the college’s nursing program.

The grant assisted the program in the creation of a Nursing Simulation Lab.

Samantha Gibson, a student in the Cayuga Community College Fulton Nursing Program hones her clinical skills in the program’s Nursing Simulation Lab. The Rural Health Network of Oswego County recently awarded a grant to assist in the establishment of the lab that provides nursing students with a controlled learning environment where they can apply theory and practice clinical skills.
Samantha Gibson, a student in the Cayuga Community College Fulton Nursing Program hones her clinical skills in the program’s Nursing Simulation Lab. The Rural Health Network of Oswego County recently awarded a grant to assist in the establishment of the lab that provides nursing students with a controlled learning environment where they can apply theory and practice clinical skills.

According to Director of Nursing Education, Linda Alfieri the Simulation Lab provides nursing students with a controlled learning environment where they can apply theory and practice clinical skills.

“Simulation offers an opportunity for the learner to further develop a process of decision making through critical thinking skills, technical skills and self-confidence within a safe and controlled environment. The simulated patient is a high-technology manikin, SimMan, which can be programmed by the instructor to “simulate” a variety of patient behaviors, signs and symptoms.  The patient’s condition can be programmed to change in a matter of minutes requiring the student to respond immediately. SimMan can also speak to the students, which helps to strengthen communication skills. The Simulation Lab is a wonderful opportunity for deliberate practice, which is the key to the development of clinical competence,” explained Alfieri.

Rural Health Network Coordinator Brian Coleman said that the grants such as this is one way in which the Rural Health Network is addressing healthcare needs in Oswego County.

“Our Health Workforce sub-committee recognizes that workforce shortages do exist in the healthcare field. Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Nursing Program is a valuable asset for our county. By supporting the CCC’s Nursing Program we are helping to provide students with equipment that will best prepare them to work in the nursing field. Additionally we are improving access to training opportunities for professionals already serving county,” said Coleman.

Operating under the auspices of Oswego County Opportunities, Inc., the Rural Health Network is a consortium of health care providers and human service providers in Oswego County.

Working together the members take a collaborative approach to addressing major health issues that exist in Oswego County.

For more information on the Rural Health Network of Oswego visit the Rural Health Network pages on the OCO website at www.oco.org