A university in the south of England has launched a new “state-of-the-art” nursing simulation laboratory and ward, in a bid to enhance student education and teaching provisions.
The University of Hertfordshire has purchased a suite of new equipment for its nursing students which includes simulation devices, cameras, monitors and models.
“Our graduates will emerge better prepared, skilled, competent and practice-ready”
The aim is to ensure that students receive the “best technical education available” and to help enhance teaching supplies in response to the university’s “growing demand” for nursing associate and degree apprenticeship programmes.
The university’s school of health and social work purchased the new equipment with the help of a £164,800 local growth fund grant from Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Jackie Kelly, dean of the school of health and social work at the university, said: “The use of simulation in nurse education has been advancing rapidly over the past 10 years.
“It enables us to develop our students’ skills and confidence in a safe yet realistic environment, preparing them for their future careers in real-world settings,” she said. “Simulation can also involve role-play scenarios with other professional student groups, such as paramedics and physiotherapists.
“With this new equipment we will be able to enhance the inter-professional learning aspects of our health curricula and give students broader experience of multi-disciplinary team working,” she said.
“This investment will ensure our students and apprentices are receiving the best technical education available,” said Ms Kelly.
“Our graduates will emerge better prepared, skilled, competent and practice-ready, to provide the workforce needed to deliver excellence in nursing and healthcare provision across our local NHS and wider healthcare services,” she added.
Minister for local growth and Conservative MP for Rossendale and Darwen, Jake Berry, said: “This government is committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the UK and building a Britain fit for the future.
“This £165,000 investment from the local growth fund will provide necessary equipment to train new nurses at the University of Hertfordshire, ensuring that local NHS trusts are able to recruit nurses with the best technical training available,” he added.
University of Hertfordshire launch new nursing simulation suite