Northern Maine Community College plans simulation center ribbon cutting

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — On Friday, Oct. 12, at 1:30 p.m., Northern Maine Community College will host the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new allied health simulation center.  

The simulation center, located on the second story of the Christie Complex on NMCC’s Presque Isle campus, brings students as close to real-world experiences as they can be in a simulated environment.

The simulation center consists of three simulation rooms, complete with interactive mannequins, and has a control room dedicated to each room. Instructors record events that occur in each room to debrief the students after each simulation.

Angela Buck, RN, MSN, FNP-C, of the Nursing and Allied Health Department, said, “Our goal has been to provide the highest-quality clinical experience for our students; however, due to changes in modern medicine we sometimes face inconsistent learning opportunities in the hospital setting, which have provided challenges in nursing education.

“By providing the students with high-fidelity simulation,” she said, “we can replicate many patient-situations and the students are able to develop and practice their nursing skills in an environment with no risk to patients.”

Buck added that NMCC purchased five hi-fidelity mannequins — three adult, one newborn, and one pediatric to provide a wide scope of educational possibilities.

“We have state-of-the-art equipment and I am excited about how this has improved our nursing program,” said Buck. “These experiences provide the students with a more consistent, efficient and proficient educational training as future healthcare professionals.”

The project was funded through a variety of sources through the NMCC Foundation.

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Submitted by the Development and College Relations Office of Northern Maine Community College.

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