Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

NS government ministers on campus as impressive state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Learning Centre opens at StFX

September 16th, 2016
StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald and NS Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Kelly Regan with nursing students at the official opening

Visitors had a chance to tour the impressive new state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Learning Centre in StFX’s Elizabeth and Thomas Rankin School of Nursing as StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald joined with Nova Scotia Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Kelly Regan and Antigonish MLA and Minister of Finance Randy Delorey to officially open the centre on Sept. 16.

The Province of Nova Scotia provided funds in support of the learning centre.

“This is terrific,” Minister Regan said on the new simulation learning centre, which provides experiential learning opportunity for StFX nursing students. 

Through working with mid and high fidelity manikins, on standardized patients, nursing students will be able to proceed through patient scenarios in a safe controlled environment. A facilitated debriefing following the simulation provides guided reflection of the experience to enhance and deepen student learning.

“I often talk about the importance of hands-on learning. To me that is so key to getting our young people prepared. I’m blown away that you have a manikin that can have a heart attack,” Minister Regan said on the centre which simulates a hospital setting right down to the ‘patients’ in hospital rooms.

“It’s a great opportunity for our students to learn, and to make mistakes because we all make mistakes, in a safe environment.” 

Minister Delorey noted that service and education in StFX’s School of Nursing is second to none, with top-notch students taught by top-notch faculty and nurse educators.  

“What I’m so excited about is…they have a top-notch facility now to continue that learning experience under the guidance of faculty and nursing educators.”

“This is truly state-of-the-art. We’re so pleased we’re opening it here today,” Dr. MacDonald said as he noted the greatest thing about this facility is that it is helping unleash highly-trained, talented, compassionate nursing health professionals out to serve our communities better. “That makes us particularly proud.”

This high quality education doesn’t happen just because of a great facility, he noted. It takes outstanding students and talented and dedicated faculty, nurse educators and staff, something StFX Nursing has long been recognized for, he said. “It’s wonderful now we can put in place the pedagogical practices that have to go along with that.” 

“This is just an amazing day for me,” School of Nursing Director Dr. Joanne Whitty-Rogers said, as she thanked all those involved in bringing the centre to reality. 

“What does this mean to our nursing students? It does help to build confidence, and to better prepare them for clinical practice. It gives them a sense of what to expect.”

It also helps faculty better prepare students, and it helps the school continue to meet accreditation standards, she said. 

“This is really futuristic thinking. We can’t wait to see what will happen in the future.” 

StFX Academic Vice-President and Provost Dr. Kevin Wamsley emceed the event. 

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