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PJC Board of Regents receive update on nursing programs

Published or Revised November 03, 2020

New equipment and future plans for the nursing programs were showcased in a report to the Paris Junior College Board of Regents during a virtual meeting held Monday, Oct. 26.

PJC Director of Nursing Rebbecca Harris reported that the program is expecting grant funding to acquire additional simulation mannequins, allowing for high fidelity testing of students. The next generation NCLEX testing is slated for 2023, and PJC’s curriculum and simulations will need to teach additional critical thinking and clinical judgement to students.

Harris added that while COVID temporarily interrupted student participation in clinical settings, it has not affected their ability to be successful. Facilities have worked with the program and students are again gaining high quality clinical experiences.

“They are showing wonderful critical thinking right now,” said Harris. “There’s no need to be worried about the nurses coming out of PJC. They will be very high quality nurses.”

Adding two high fidelity mannequins will allow testing of both nursing and emergency medical services students for critical thinking and judgement skills without taking 14 days to do so, so they can move on to the next concept, Harris told the regents.

She said a long-term goal is to obtain simulation certification, which could provide additional training opportunities for the community.

In other business, the Regents:

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