Funding will enhance Nursing educationSaturday, December 14, 2013 by: Kate Adams
Students in the Nipissing/Canadore Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program will be better prepared for the demands of their career thanks to new simulation equipment and scenarios, funded by the Productivity and Innovation Fund (PIF) competition.
The Collaborative BScN, Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) to BScN Bridging and Scholar Practitioner programs received over $702,000 for simulation equipment as well as nearly $43,000 in financial support for faculty to develop simulation scenarios and participate in related training through the fund.
Simulation equipment and expertise is especially relevant in Nursing education, where clinical education requirements must regularly adapt to a changing health care system and patient needs. The College of Nurses of Ontario recently highlighted multiple challenges faced by nursing students transitioning into their role as registered nurses. Simulation-based training is proven to help respond to these challenges.
“The use of simulation in the nursing field is becoming one of the most effective training aids for preparing students for the workplace,” said Letitia Penno, Associate Director for the collaborative Nipissing/Canadore BScN program.
“Evolving from the classroom to the workplace can be stressful, but simulation eases the transition and prepares our graduates for a more well-rounded practice.”
In 2005, the provincial government provided a significant investment to Schools of Nursing across Ontario to purchase simulation equipment, and increased support for the development of clinical reproduction scenarios to be used across nursing curriculum.
Through the PIF competition, provincial Schools of Nursing will receive just over $5. 5 million for this work which enhances students’ practicum experiences so that new nursing graduates are better prepared for the workplace.
The project is led by Queen’s University School of Nursing faculty in partnership with thirteen universities, four colleges, and the SIM-one – Ontario Simulation Network. PIF funding enables the acquisition of new simulation equipment through a bulk purchasing strategy and development of new clinical simulation education modules as well as the adaptation of existing modules to complement transition into safe practice. The resulting modules will be available through open access to all university and college partners.
The Nipissing/Canadore Collaborative (BScN) program is acknowledged across Ontario as being one of the leaders in simulation training. Earlier this month, Louise Moir, Nursing Technologist and Certified Health Care Simulationist Nipissing/Canadore collaborative BScN program and Canadore’s Practical Nursing program, received the esteemed provincial SIM Citizenship Award.