Bachelor of Nursing – experiences and expectations

Bachelor of Nursing – experiences and expectations


Hello my name is Joanne Gray and I’m the
Associate Dean: Teaching and Learning, here in the Faculty of Health. I want to talk to
you a little bit about our commitment to simulation in learning, here in the faculty, and also
about the experiences you’re going to have as a student here with us during your studies
in the Bachelor of Nursing. In the faculty we’ve been committed to engaging in simulation
in education since around 2006, and during this period of time we have developed and
invested in state of the art learning facilities here at both the Kuring-Gai campus and also
on our city campus. In first year you will be involved in simulations
in both your first and second semester and these will vary across those semesters. These
experiences will engage every single student in their studies at the same time. So it’s
a wonderful opportunity for you to work not only with your tutors but also with your fellow
students. In second year you will again be engaged in simulation in learning and that
will be around mental health studies, also with paediatric nursing and in your medical
surgical area as well, particularly around learning for example resuscitation of a patient.
So there are many examples of simulation that we will be introducing you too during the
three years of your studies. In the third year of your Bachelor of Nursing
program you will be engaged in a simulation around hearing voices in your mental health
subject, and in your perioperative subject for example, you will be engaged in preparing
patients for theatre and understanding the deteriorating patient. So for example when
you go out into practice you will have already started to feel comfortable about how to communicate
with a patient. You will feel comfortable wearing your uniform when you go out into
practice. You will have an understanding of the importance of how you approach a patient
and how you establish that relationship with them.
You’re simulation activities will also enable you to understand the importance of teamwork
and effective communication. By working here in the clinical laboratories and practicing
these skills before you go out into you clinical practice area, you’ll understand the importance
of communication within a team and the importance of communication also with your patients and
the other members of the healthcare team.


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