High Schoolers Experience Nursing Simulations at STEAM Summer Camp

High Schoolers Experience Nursing Simulations at STEAM Summer Camp

This summer, ninth and tenth graders from New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties were on campus for a weeklong residential summer camp to learn more about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) opportunities at the university. The experience was designed to educate students on the diverse aspects of STEAM, giving students a real-world college experience.

Twenty-three students spent three hours in the School of Nursing’s state-of-the-art Simulation Learning Center (SLC). After touring the SLC, Robin Cunningham, Cheryl McFaden and Barbara Snyder created three hands-on activity stations where participants learned how automated manikins work and helped make the manikin talk, cough, etc. Students checked oxygen levels, heart and respiratory rates, and pulses. They used a stethoscope to identify heart, lung and bowel sounds. They also practiced moulage, the art of applying mock injuries for training. Students experienced a simulated seizure scenario with an infant manikin. They practiced taking their patient’s vital signs, administered oxygen and used math to choose correct medication dosing.

Students learned about degree programs available within the College of Health and Human Services and related career paths. Angie Vandenberg (social work), Lisa Sprod (exercise science), Cara Gray (recreation therapy) and Robin Cunningham and Cheryl McFaden (nursing) shared examples of how they worked interprofessionally with the nursing profession in their respective fields. This incredible learning opportunity was met with great enthusiasm and resulted in several of the students rating the nursing experience of the STEAM Team Camp as one of their favorite activities for the week.

- Amy Mangus and Ashley Wells, August 2018