Published on March 01, 2018

Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing Awarded $125,000 for Interactive Nursing Enhancements

(March 1, 2018 – Sandusky, Ohio) Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing was recently awarded a $125,000 grant to fund a Maternal Child Simulation Center and an interactive classroom. Announced Monday by state Sen. Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green, and state Rep. Steve Arndt, R-Port Clinton, the dollars are a part of $1.3 million in funding awarded for Erie County projects.

Specifically, funds for the project will be used to:

  • Enhance nursing simulation technology at Firelands Regional Medical School of Nursing and Bowling Green State University Firelands College
  • Prepare graduates for current healthcare challenges and issues impacting the health of the community, including the opioid crisis impacting Erie County and the state of Ohio

Currently, 9 percent of Erie County infants are born addicted to opioids. The national average is 4 percent. In Ohio, the cost of care for these infants is $70 million annually, due to the increased length of hospitalization. Babies born after receiving an addictive substance from the mother while in the womb may experience Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) symptoms, which can involve multiple body systems and include:

  • Respiratory depression
  • High-pitch cry
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Temperature instability
  • Increased muscle tone
  • Frequent yawning and sneezing
  • Poor feedings
  • Vomiting
  • Nasal congestion

“These babies need more care than most babies born in the Center for Women & Newborns at Firelands Regional Medical Center,” said Holly Myers, DNP, RN, CNE, faculty at the Firelands School of Nursing. “They’re going through withdrawal, and many of them require a longer length of stay. In Ohio, the average length of stay for babies for addicted to opioids is 14 to 20 days, in comparison to 2 to 3 days for the babies not born addicted.”

In addition to this, babies with NAS have an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome and other serious, life-long medical complications. It is imperative that nursing students are prepared with hands-on training needed to care for this high-risk population.

A portion of the funds awarded to the Firelands School of Nursing will go towards the purchase of Premature Anne™, a newborn high fidelity simulator to accompany SimMom™, a high fidelity simulator capable of delivering a baby. In addition to this, funds will be used to create a maternal simulation center that is reflective of an actual acute care hospital environment, and allows faculty to observe the scenarios in a control and debriefing room.

The second part of the funding will be used to equip a classroom at the Firelands School of Nursing with technology to support an active learning environment and create a distance education classroom consistent with the technology currently provided to students on the BGSU Firelands campus.

Additions to the classroom will include:

  • An instructor’s control station with touch panel
  • Two flat panel monitors to be mounted on the wall behind the instructor’s control station
  • Two “eye ball” cameras which afford interactivity by following and zooming in on student participants
  • One flat panel monitor near the back of the room equipped with an “eye ball” camera to provide instructor feedback
  • Chairs and work-surfaces that are mobile and equipped with technology to enhance interactivity

A mobile unit that could be wheeled to classrooms, laboratories, or conference rooms will also be purchased to foster expansion of interactive capabilities throughout the Firelands School of Nursing.

“These changes will help us promote a dynamic learning environment,” said Holly Price director of the Firelands School of Nursing. “Active learning strategies are crucial to meeting the learning needs of current students. For example, linking the interactive classroom with the simulation laboratory would allow 35 to 40 students the ability to view a simulation scenario.”

Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing provides a three-year nursing program in partnership with Bowling Green State University Firelands College. At the completion of the program, graduates are awarded a registered nursing diploma from the Firelands School of Nursing and an Associate of Science degree from BGSU Firelands. Firelands School of Nursing also offers a 2-year LPN to RN program. These students receive an RN diploma from the Firelands School of Nursing.

Learn more about the Firelands School of Nursing, ranked as the 4th best nursing school in Ohio, today.

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