A recent report from the Florida Center for Nursing found that pre-licensure nursing education programs turned away more than 13,000 qualified applicants during 2008-2009, and, for the third year in a row, limited access to clinical training sites was reported as a major barrier for nursing education programs in Florida, according to a news release.UCF nursing instructor Betsy Guimond, RN, uses a computer tablet to control movements, sounds and physiological conditions of “Birthing Noelle” and her newborn “Baby Hal,” the new high-tech simulator mannequins at UCF’s College of Nursing.
The white paper, Addressing the Nursing Shortage Through Simulation, which provides background information on the different simulation types as well as benefits and pitfalls to using simulation in nursing education, was written by University of Central Florida College of Nursing faculty Mary Lou Sole, RN, PhD, and Betsy Guimond, RN, and was released by the Florida Center for Nursing.
Understanding how simulation can be used in nursing education is a critical first step in identifying strategic solutions, said Mary Lou Brunell, RN, MSN, executive director of the Florida Center for Nursing.
In 2009, The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida was awarded a grant to promote the use of simulation technology in Florida nurse education. The Blue Foundation selected the Florida Center for Nursing to serve as the project lead. Updates on project activities can be found at FLCenterforNursing.org/simulation_project.cfm.
In other news, UCF College of Nursing students assigned to the colleges Community Nursing Coalitions for Flagler and Daytona participated in Flagler Countys First Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Feb. 6 in Bunnell, Fla. The student nurses partnered with the Flagler County Health Department to provide stroke education, H1N1 vaccinations, dental care, blood pressure screening, proper hand-washing demonstrations and STD/HIV education.
The event was part of The Red Butterfly Project, which aims to reduce the incidence of STDs, HIV and teen pregnancy among young women of color through outreach, education and community endeavors.