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Published on May 06, 2010

Nursing Education Center to Open

Moses Cone Health System is preparing to open a state-of-the-art Nursing Education Center featuring three medical simulation rooms.

The $1.27 million facility formally opens Monday, May 10, in the Northwood Building across the street from the main entrance to The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital.

The center will provide staff and students hands-on training with patient-simulation mannequins.

“Just as airline pilots use simulation to hone skills and prepare for emergencies, simulation provides a safe environment for nurses to learn new concepts and practice skills they may not use every day,” says Joan Wessman, Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Moses Cone Health System. “The use of simulation has been proven to decrease uncertainty and increase confidence.”

Healthcare students and other professionals will use the mannequins to perform interventions, while a technical operator will remotely control the mannequins’ responses to these interventions. This will simulate the work of nurses in a hospital.

The Nursing Education Center also will strengthen the relationship between Moses Cone Health System and local nursing schools by offering badly needed space for their faculty and students.

“This benefits the entire community,” Wessman says. “This is evidence of our Health System’s awareness of the importance of nursing in our community.”

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