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New teaching centre prepares next generation of SW nurses and midwives

Wednesday, 05 June 2019

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Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) South West Campus has unveiled a new nursing and midwifery demonstration wards and simulation facility.

The high-tech teaching facility features 24 hospital beds, a range of medical equipment and life-like manikins across four wards that are designed to replicate the real-life healthcare environment.

ECU Executive Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery Professor Di Twigg AM said the new facility will help clinically prepare the South West region’s future nurses and midwives.

“We’re thrilled to offer our students world-class simulation facilities right here in the South West and provide them with the best possible foundation for their future careers,” Professor Twigg said.

“The facility is purposefully designed to provide a safe, authentic setting to learn practical clinical skills and build the confidence and competence of our students.”

Real-world focus

In the clinical practice wards, students participate in a variety of simulated healthcare scenarios – from administering medication, performing clinical care and tests to reviewing patient records and collaborating with colleagues.

A stand-out feature of the facility is the high fidelity ward which closely resembles a working hospital high dependency unit. Staff can control the space remotely, giving students a life like experience of working independently with acutely unwell patients.

Students have already begun using the new facility and putting their skills to the test.

Nursing student Courtney Noble said the increased space and upgraded technology has significantly improved his learning.

“I’ve been really impressed with the new facility,” Courtney said.

“Having dedicated spaces for each year group of students, including midwifery, has helped improve the way we learn as each room contains stage specific equipment and resources.

“There’s also a new technology system that allows us to access clinical skills videos and information in real time, which is really helpful when we’re running through a scenario.”

Local study for local midwives

The new facility also includes a dedicated midwifery area, reinforcing ECU’s commitment to offering the Bachelor of Science (Nursing)/Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) degree at the South West Campus.

The space includes specialist equipment such as a labour bed, resuscitation trolley used for newborns, monitor screens and a pregnant manikin.

ECU South West Campus Dean Lyn Farrell said the new facility would open doors for local midwifery students.

“The combination of the new facility with our new midwifery degree provides even more opportunities for our South West students to study close to home,” Ms Farrell said.

“The new state of the art facility also provides the same learning environment for South West students as would be experienced by our metro students at our Joondalup Campus.”

More on the way

Students with children are also set to benefit from upgrades to South West Campus facilities.

The newly refurbished on-site crèche opens in early June, featuring an extended outdoor play area, new layout, furniture and a quiet sleeping space.

The crèche has also increased the number of places to 16 to accommodate a growing demand from students requiring childminding services while studying.

ECU is home to Western Australia's largest nursing program. If you're interested in studying nursing and midwifery, visit the Nursing and Midwifery web page.

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