Galveston College is excited to announce that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has awarded $129,820 to establish a High-Fidelity Simulation Lab for the Galveston College Nursing Program (GCNP). The grant will help provide high-fidelity manikins which can emulate human behavior and it will provide students an authentic environment in which to learn how to deliver safe and effective care to patients in a variety of healthcare settings.
Dr. Sandy Brannan, Director of the GC Nursing Program, will serve as project director and Dr. Larry Root, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research, will serve as co-director and project evaluator. The primary objective of the project is to shift up to 50 percent of program clinical hours to high-fidelity simulation hours. Effectiveness of the program will be evaluated by comparing student performance in clinical versus simulation using the Ceighton Competency Evaluation Instrument and by comparing nurse certification exam pass rates before and after the incorporation of simulation hours.
Dr. Brannan, states “This is an exciting time to be a nurse. Galveston College has a rich heritage of providing Texas with hundreds of well-qualified nurses. This grant will augment that already outstanding nursing program.”