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TMCC to Dedicate Nursing Wing at Dandini Campus

Posted: Oct 6, 2010

TMCC to Dedicate Nursing Wing at Dandini Campus

Truckee Meadows Community College will dedicate a newly renovated nursing wing at the Dandini Campus on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. The college will unveil the nursing wing that is named after the major donor, The Nell J. Redfield Foundation, and showcase the major renovations completed during the summer of 2010.

“We are pleased to have the support of our community and donors to provide the best environment for student learning. Our goal at TMCC is student success, and this facility is an example of how TMCC supports our students,” said Dr. Maria Sheehan, TMCC president.

The current nursing clinical laboratory, computer lab and classroom were built in 1976 and are housed in the first building built on the Dandini Campus. The recent renovations were undertaken to enhance student learning by replicating hospital patient or emergency rooms. The clinical laboratory includes hospital-style headwalls, nursing beds, privacy curtains and nurse call devices. The duplication of the hospital environment will provide students with appropriate skills that will better prepare them for the workforce and clinical settings. Eighty-eight percent of recent TMCC nursing graduates are employed in local hospitals.

The project also includes a simulation laboratory, because today's complex health care environment demands that nurses are able to make quick assessments and clinical decisions. Simulations and high tech mannequins offer an extraordinary tool for 21st-century nursing education, helping to teach nurses to handle unusual emergencies in the safe environment of a skills laboratory. High-tech simulators are remarkable for their ability to mimic reality through verbalization of medical complaints and display of vital signs, such as heartbeats and blood pressure, which students can monitor with standard hospital equipment.

The clinical laboratory also now houses a simulated medication dispensing system which was selected based on its close similarity to the hospital systems. The system includes the software to perform medication dispensing and functions with the same accuracy, safety and workflow as a hospital unit. The system also has the same bar-coding and barcode reader that a nursing graduate would find in a hospital unit, which adds to the realism of the simulation experience.

The electronic medical record system (EMRS) is designed specifically for education and simulation. It provides students with a completely functional EMRS, allowing them to document patient care, review laboratory results, interpret physician orders and perform chart reviews in the same manner that they will experience in the hospital environment. Additionally, the student can print or submit their work electronically to their instructors for review.

An isolation cart for student use provides actual practical experience in donning required personal protective equipment. The actual isolation cart is identical to the cart that hospital nurses use.

The Nell J. Redfield Nursing Wing also includes a significant upgrade to the adjacent nursing classroom: to a Smart Classroom, which is a learning environment with advanced technology to help students to gain a higher level of learning through visually demonstrated material.

In addition to equipment, the rooms received new flooring, upgraded HVAC systems, acoustical ceilings and energy efficient lighting. Lastly, a new darkroom was installed in the dental department, which is adjacent to the nursing laboratory.

In 1972, the first class of nursing students completed their associate of applied science degree in nursing at TMCC, which was then part of Western Nevada Community College. Thirteen of the sixteen graduates went on to take the state registry examination for nursing. The class pass rate was 100 percent: Of the13 graduates, all were successful in becoming registered nurses.

TMCC students have kept up the high marks. The 2008-2009 graduates achieved the highest scores on the national examination for registered nurses of all Nevada colleges and universities at 98.2 percent.

Since this first class, TMCC has produced 1,300 nursing graduates in its degree program and more students in certificate programs. These programs have created a pipeline to the profession in the state.

TMCC is a comprehensive community college located in Reno, Nevada. The college serves more than 32,000 students each year in credit and non-credit programs.

What: The Nell J. Redfield Nursing Wing Dedication

When: Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, 10 a.m.

Where: TMCC Dandini Campus, Red Mountain Building, room 413 and open area

Interview Options: Nevada Senator and Nursing Faculty Emeritus Bernice Martin-Mathews; Gerald Smith and Dr. Jeane Jones, Trustees, Nell J. Redfield Foundation; TMCC President Maria Sheehan; TMCC Nursing Director Karen Fontaine, M.S., R.N.

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