From IWU Magazine, Summer 2013 edition

A LOOK INSIDE: ILLINOIS WESLEYAN'S SCHOOL OF NURSING

Text by KIM HILL

Practicing skills, making decisions

Meghan Hilderbrand '14
In the Nursing Interventions Lab, Meghan Hilderbrand ’14 (above) practices changing the dressing on a central venous catheter. Her patient is “Leona,” a sophisticated, computer-run manikin that can simulate thousands of medical conditions and vital signs. In this simulation, “Leona” presented with acute abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting — symptoms of pancreatitis. In reviewing her medical records, Hilderbrand and her fellow nursing students also learn that “Leona” has a history of diabetes, obesity and hypertension. It is up to the students to review the primary care provider’s orders, assess their patient’s vital signs and implement their plan of care — all while communicating with “Leona” and keeping her as comfortable as possible. (PHOTO BY MARC FEATHERLY)

 


Bianca Garcia and Edrienne Besagar
The newest patient in the Nursing Interventions Lab is Baby Hal, a high-fidelity newborn manikin that has become a valuable learning tool in courses such as “Maternal and Newborn Nursing.” A tablet computer controls the manikin’s respiration, heart rate, blood pressure, motion — even its facial color. A student receives instruction from Assistant Professor of Nursing Brenda Lessen on how to assess the newborn’s heart rate while it still pulses in the umbilical cord. If the rate is too slow, the baby must be resuscitated. “The student must also recognize when the infant’s breathing improves to the point where resuscitating should cease,” says Lessen. At the conclusion of a simulation, Noël Kerr, assistant professor of nursing, (shown far left) discusses what was learned with juniors Bianca Garcia (center) and Edrienne Besagar. “We talk a lot about making conscious decisions based on rationale and to think about the big picture, not just react to what is happening at the moment,” says Kerr. During the simulation, a computer program measures students’ abilities in tasks such as taking vital signs and administering medication through an IV. “That’s the beauty of the simulation because it is a safe place to make a mistake,” says Kerr. “Student nurses have a chance to see what consequences would happen based on their decisions and hopefully change their decision-making in the future.” (PHOTO BY MARC FEATHERLY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The power of research

Kristy Strong '13
Nursing major Kristy Strong ’13 (above) was among students who gave oral presentations at this spring’ s John Wesley Powell Research Conference. Strong graduated with research honors for her project, “Assessing Undergraduate Nursing Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Cultural Competency in Caring for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Patients.” Her faculty advisor was School of Nursing Director Vickie Folse. Strong’s interest in the topic was sparked by the course “Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing” as well as a sociology class. “Transgender people are often misunderstood and overlooked in health care, and I realized there was a great need for more education about the LGBT population in the nursing curriculum,” she says. “I hope to continue my work on this topic once I am an RN.” (PHOTO BY MARC FEATHERLY)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outside Stevenson

Jill Olliges '13
Nursing students make an impact on the campus in a variety of ways. Above, senior Jill Olliges was named the Titans women’s soccer team’s MVP. Chosen to the first team of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin all-league squad, Olliges was also inducted into IWU’s “Order of Titans” and recognized for holding the highest GPA in her sport. At Commencement, she received the Caroline F. Rupert Nursing Award for outstanding work during four years of undergraduate study in nursing. (PHOTO BY MARC FEATHERLY)

 


 

 

International exposure

Meghan Hilderbrand '14
Above, Meghan Hilderbrand ’14, who is a nursing major and chapter president of the Global Medical Brigades, gives piggyback rides at a local orphanage during the group’s 2012 visit to Honduras.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Callie Phipps '15
Above, nursing student Callie Phipps ’15 explores the famed Antoni Gaudí Güell Park during her spring semester as part of the IWU Spain Program in Barcelona. Extended study abroad for nursing majors has been difficult in the past due to state requirements that students be supervised in clinical settings by a master’s-prepared registered nurse licensed in Illinois. That stumbling block has been overcome by use of video-conferencing technology that allows synchronous learning of classroom material for nursing majors on campus and in Barcelona, and by giving the Barcelona students the opportunity to do their required direct patient care requirements when they return to campus for May Term.

 

 

Community involvement

Amanda Magallon '14
In response to the growing demand for RNs fluent in both Spanish and English, nursing majors have the option to pursue a six-course Hispanic Studies minor that includes a “Medical Spanish” course. For this class, students like Amanda Magallon ’14 (above right, with patient Julio Franco) work 90-minute shifts at the Community Health Care Clinic in Normal, where many of the clients speak Spanish exclusively. “Patients really open up to me when I introduce myself in Spanish,” says Magallon. According to clinic director Angie McLaughlin, “We are able to triple our translation capacity on the days (IWU students) are here. We could not serve all the patients we do without them.” (PHOTO BY BEA CORBIN)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
To Return to the main story, click here.

To read about IWU alumnae nursing faculty, click here.

To read about nursing student Collin Barr '15, click here.

To read about nursing student Jennifer Boll '14, click here.

To read about nursing student Jasmin Cole '13, click here.

To view photos and stories about IWU nursing students, click here.
To read about IWU alumnae nursing faculty, click here.
To read about nursing student Collin Barr '15, click here.
To read about nursing student Jennifer Boll '14, click here.
To read about nursing student Jasmin Cole '13, click here.
- See more at: http://www.omniupdate.com/servlet/OX/preview?site=www&path=%2Fmagazine%2F2013%2FSummer-2013%2Fnursing-index.pcf&local=false#sthash.9gUJu8kh.dpuf
To view photos and stories about IWU nursing students, click here.
To read about IWU alumnae nursing faculty, click here.
To read about nursing student Collin Barr '15, click here.
To read about nursing student Jennifer Boll '14, click here.
To read about nursing student Jasmin Cole '13, click here.
- See more at: http://www.omniupdate.com/servlet/OX/preview?site=www&path=%2Fmagazine%2F2013%2FSummer-2013%2Fnursing-index.pcf&local=false#sthash.9gUJu8kh.dpuf