Impressive. Well-done. Amazing. These are just some of the ways members of the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership (Partnership) described the new simulation lab at Stanly Community College. Members of the Partnership toured the new signature facility as part of the quarterly meeting on August 27th. The college spent more than $550,000 turning an old industrial training room at the Crutchfield building on the Locust Campus into a state-of-the-art healthcare simulation lab that features a variety of healthcare settings where students can get hands-on experience. “When you enter the lab you walk into the Emergency Room first,” said Dr. Tammy Crump, Vice President of Health and Public Service, “We also have a labor and delivery area, a patient in a private room with monitors, even an ambulance arriving at the back door. Our goal is to make it as much like the actual clinical setting as we can.”
Robin McCree, Vice President of Educational Services and featured speaker at the meeting, told members the lab has added even more value than expected. “We decided to consolidate our health care programs to this campus,” she said, “and that one decision produced some surprising results. We see much more efficiency in the use of staff, space, equipment and supplies. We find students learn more about the different allied professions, and how to work together, a critical element of today’s team-based healthcare system.” McCree also noted the simulation lab has increased the retention rates of its allied health programs, and created a faculty that shares responsibility for training and advising students.
Stanly Community College is on the cutting edge of new technology and training techniques. A recent study shows that students who get 50% of their practical training from simulators, are as well trained as those who have all their practical training in a clinical setting. “We want employers to know the people we train are ready for today’s workforce,” McCree said. It appears SCC is already proving that.
60% of all healthcare workers are allied health professionals