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July 23rd, 2014

Students Strengthen Community Care Techniques

Kerry Hogan of Brooklyn, N.Y. (left), a nursing student at Mount Saint Mary College, practices her community nursing skills with lab coordinator Kaymie Johnston in a homecare scenario. Photo: Matt Frey

NEWBURGH - Healthcare and recovery in the home environment will be a critical issue in the future of nursing, as more baby boomers age and wish to remain in their homes through treatment and recovery.

Students in Mount Saint Mary College’s accelerated nursing program recently enhanced their community nursing techniques through a practice session that resembles the home environment.

Michele Aeberli, nursing simulation educator, and Kaymie Johnston, nursing labs coordinator, created a community nursing scenario on campus, emulating conditions nurses may encounter while caring for patients at their homes or other non-hospital locations.

"A home setting is much different than a hospital setting," Aeberli explained. "In this environment, students can fine tune their skills. They’ll leave knowing that they did well and what needs improving, and they’ll bring that into the real world."

The students were recorded during the exercise, allowing for a "play by play" analysis of their techniques.

At Mount Saint Mary College, more than 37 percent of first-year students aim for health professions. Working with 30 to 40 hospitals, the Mount boasts a high NCLEX-RN passage rate that consistently exceeds the state average.

The college is now taking applications for its new physician assistant program (pending Accreditation-Provisional).

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