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Galveston College Nursing department unveils new technology

Galveston College Nursing department unveils new technology

In the ongoing effort to provide high-quality healthcare education, the Department of Nursing at Galveston College has acquired two bedside simulation smart carts and a medication dispensing system to expand training capabilities for students.

 

Funded by a $194,083 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Nursing Innovation Grant Program (NIGP), the new equipment will enable Galveston College to better educate students for their future careers in nursing.

 

In addition to the new equipment, a portion of the NIGP funds will provide professional development to Department of Nursing faculty in order to enhance simulation and skills lab capacity.

 

The Galveston College Department of Nursing’s simulation lab is designed to replicate the clinical setting for student learning with a simulated hospital room and mannequins as patients.

 

“The smart cart, which is similar to devices used in hospitals, will be used to educate students on electronic medical records,” said Joan Moss, coordinator of Galveston College’s lab.

 

With the carts and an accompanying medication dispensing system, students can document and identify patients and their medications. Students can also view patient information, including lab work and hospitalization history.

 

“Each student has their own logon and everything is at their fingertips,” Moss said. “We want to be on the cutting edge. Having the resources and equipment to better prepare them for what they will see in the real world definitely attracts students to the program.”

 

Moss said simulation is an exciting way for students to learn.

 

“The simulation lab provides students with the opportunity to learn and practice in a realistic environment,” Moss said. “Each scenario is chosen or developed by the faculty to enhance the learning in the classroom. It’s very complementary to the education the students receive in the clinical settings with our healthcare partners.”

 

For more information on the Nursing program at Galveston College, visit https://gc.edu/programs-and-courses/workforce-programs/nursing/ or call (409) 944-1396.

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Galveston College

Galveston College offers new Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree

Beginning this fall, Galveston College will offer a new program for students interested in careers in diagnostic medical sonography.

Recently approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is designed to provide a quality and comprehensive education through didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences that prepare students for entry-level positions and to become multi-credentialed sonographers.

A diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly skilled professional who uses specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body that are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis.

In the Associate of Applied Science two-year program, students attend classroom sessions and get practical experience in the ultrasound-scanning lab and through clinical rotations in area hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Clinical rotations are work-based learning experiences, where students practice what they have learned in a real-life setting under the supervision of a professional.

The outlook for employment as a diagnostic medical sonographer is very good, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. It predicts that employment will grow 47 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Diagnostic medical sonographers on the Texas Gulf Coast earn a median salary of $84,942 per year.

For more information about this program, contact Hubert Callahan, Allied Health Division director, at hcallaha@gc.edu or the Galveston College Admissions office at (409) 944-1230.

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