The University of Essex has expanded and updated its nurse education facilities in Southend in order to “meet growing student demand”.
The university noted that the number of students studying nursing at its Southend campus has grown from 50 in 2008 to nearly 290 in 2015.
“It has enabled the students to watch themselves back over the skills they have just practised”
It said the revamp involved the “transformation” of the current skills lab and the creation of three extra consultation rooms at the school for health and human sciences.
The skills lab is now equipped with state-of-the-art manikins, has four extra beds and space to allow nursing students to simulate a range of situations similar to real life clinical practice, said the university.
A video capture facility has also been installed in the clinical and practical areas, so students can record what they do and then review and learn.
Wendy Rajah, lecturer in nursing at the university, said: “The changes to the skills lab have allowed our students to participate in more hands-on practice.
“With the introduction of new cameras and IT equipment it has enabled the students to watch themselves back over the skills they have just practised, enhancing their learning,” she said.
To expand the area at the Gateway Building, a removable wall was created between the skills lab and the neighbouring classroom, making the space big enough for more than 100 people.
Nursing lecturer Natasha Morrison added: “We feel immensely proud of being part of this transformation of the skills lab.
“We hope that it enables all the students within the school of health and human sciences to gain practice within a wide range of nursing skills, which in turn would improve patient care,” she said.
Nurse training facilities expanded at Essex University
Source: Steve O’Connell