KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Whatcom Community College is getting a nearly $400,000 state grant to better train nursing students by creating simulations of real-world hospital situations.
WCC will use the Hospital Employee Education and Training Innovation Grant to develop nursing classes that include surgery ward simulations.
WWC spokesperson Mary Vermillion says Washington currently has few opportunities for nursing students to get hands-on training.
The state-of-the-art simulation labs are a highlight of WCC’s new Health Professions Education Center, which will open for classes in September.
WCC is leading a collaborative effort among local colleges and healthcare groups to develop a hospital simulation curriculum.
Once completed, the new curriculum will be made available to other colleges across the state.