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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Students can become registered nurses through a new program at Valdosta Technical College. The program was designed to help fill in the shortage of nurses in south Georgia.
Nursing students take the skills they learn in the classroom and apply them to a life-like mannequin, one that blinks and breathes.
"We've learned to take vital signs we've worked on skills like doing fully catherizations, wound dressings, things like that," said nursing student Jason Williams.
The program, in addition to its other manniquins, just recieved two iStans a few months ago, a man and a baby.
"We use him to create a patient scenario that we can select off of a computer and through use of the simulator," said instructor Darlene Boyd, MSN, RN. "It allows a student to be exposed to a situation they may otherwise not be exposed to in the hospital."
Every quarter students have to check off several skills before they can participate in clinicals. Some of the skills include dressing wounds and tracheal and ostomy care.
The first class is four weeks into the 18-month program and after completion they can work as an RN or transfer to another school and get their bachelor's degree.
"They can get all of their prerequsities classes at Valdosta Tech and apply for the nursing program at Southwest Georgia Technical College," said Boyd.
Southwest Georgia Technical college teaches the program at Val Tech. The Georgia Board of Nursing approved the program and the the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission gave its accredidation.
"There's a nationwide shortage of nursing and by the year 2010 that amount is suppose to increase, as it has been steadily increasing over the last several decades," said Boyd.
Now students living in south Georgia have another choice when choosing an associate nursing college. The next group of students will be accepted into the program next fall.