(ZIZ News) — Government officials joined the staff of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College [CFBC] on Thursday morning for the official launch of the CFBC Nurses Clinical Simulation Laboratory.
Following a series of assessments, the existing skills lab was remodelled and is now outfitted with new equipment, including mannequins that can simulate symptoms, diseases and conditions that nurses see in real settings, including abnormal births.
During the opening ceremony, Dean of the Health Science Division, Shirley Kelly said the upgrade of the lab is part of the college’s strategic plan to ensure that students have the best possible experience and outcomes.
“The bigger picture was to advance the CFBC a step further in its quest for accreditation with its improved and expanded programme offering including the Bachelor of Science Nursing Programme. The Bachelors as opposed to Associate Degrees would prepare graduates for leadership and management roles in nursing and to deliver care in dynamic, increasing technologic, diverse, healthcare environments,” she said.
CFBC President, Dr. Kelvin Daly said the college is constantly striving to provide the best training for students to equip them in the changing world environment and in the process, intends to grow into a fully accredited university.
“If the demands of the tourism, health, renewable energy, and agricultural sectors in particular, for specialist trained graduates are to be met, if the skills gap in all our technical trades are to be significantly reduced, CFBC must evolve into a full status accredited institution,” he said.
Minister of Education, the Hon. Shawn Richards noted that Health Education is evolving and the clinical simulation laboratory offers a new way for students to learn new technology.
“Health Education and Patient Care are being transformed through innovations here at CFBC. No longer will our students be seated in classrooms, listening to lectures and the experiences of lecturers but they will be actively involved in their own learning using evidence-based clinical interventions in the management of diseases and disabilities,” he said.
According to a statement, the mission of the Nursing Education Department of the CFBC is to deliver high quality nursing education in an environment which promotes critical thinking and scientific enquiry for excellent programme outcomes.