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USU Eastern San Juan campus gets grant from Workforce Services

USU Eastern's San Juan Campus was recently awarded a grant from the Utah Department of Workforce Services for $170,000 to purchase and implement new training equipment to enhance healthcare training opportunities for the San Juan Campus and the USU Moab Center.

Hospital beds and state-of-the-art digital equipment for a distance education classroom/training laboratory to support certified nurse assistant coursework and medical assistant training has been purchased and installed.

The Allen Memorial Hospital has provided partner support in this jobs training initiative by hosting development of a new clinical training laboratory on site. The cooperative efforts of the hospital and college, combined with the advanced technology of the video-conferencing capabilities of the new classroom will allow the Moab Center to offer nurse assistant and medical assistant training on site with importation of many classes originating from the San Juan Campus.

The San Juan Campus has also purchased and installed a set of advanced patient simulation mannequins capable of enhancing and advancing opportunities for nurse assistant, medical assistant, and nurse training. These cutting-edge simulators now allow healthcare instructors to offer hundreds of programmable health care scenarios from heart attacks to major trauma injuries with realistic monitor telemetry and physical presentation.

Michele Lyman, practicing physician's assistant and healthcare faculty member for the San Juan Campus reports, "With the METI Simulator, we can set up scenarios students may not encounter otherwise. Some of the advanced features include breath sounds, heart sounds, bowel sounds and pulmonary system. Pulses are touch activated and logged for instructor/learner debriefing. So realistic are the simulators that they even produce secretions from the mouth, nose, ears, eyes, forehead and diaphoresis. Pupils are reactive, Tongue Edema and simulation of bleeding pumped to all four limbs and abdomen."

Janelle Juchau,USU Eastern, Price Campus nursing instructor said, "Simulation training will allow the students to receive hands on training to become proficient in patient assessment, cardiac monitor reading, O2 readings, taking vital signs, patient communication, and experiencing how patients react physiologically when treatments are given."

Participants in the training event for using simulation equipment included faculty and professional staff from the Price and San Juan Campuses and nursing professionals from the Blue Mountain Hospital.

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