A clinical simulation lab was completed in time for the first cohort of Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) students beginning in semester 1, 2016.
The lab is the practical learning hub for students enrolled in the graduate entry course, based at the University of Sydney Westmead campus.
Nursing students undertake more than 800 hours of clinical practice, in addition to professional learning and lectures at the Westmead precinct during the two-year course.
“In the clinical simulation lab, students will have the opportunity to learn a range of clinical skills such as hand decontamination, wound dressings, catheterisation, medication administration and intravenous therapy” said Dr Jacqueline Bloomfield, Associate Dean (Education) Sydney Nursing School, before the lab was launched.
“Students are supervised in the lab, but are also encouraged to engage in independent learning through practice sessions”.
The clinical simulation lab complements the already impressive teaching expertise at Westmead.
“The Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry have been at Westmead for over 25 years. It’s really exciting that nursing can now join our colleagues in multidisciplinary approaches to improving health and health care at this precinct” said Sydney Nursing School Dean Donna Waters.
“The cohort of nursing students studying at Westmead will be offered the same world-class teaching as that already offered at Sydney Nursing School’s Mallet Street campus” said Professor Waters.