A $30,000 South Dakota Career and Technical Education (CTE) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) grant for health science careers allowed a Lead-Deadwood High School classroom to be filled with boxes bearing a patient simulator, geriatric simulator, and other materials Monday.
“The … grant provides schools with funding to build capacity for STEM (science, math, engineering, and math) related careers,” she said. “I wrote the grant to receive funding to buy sim-patient mannequins and other equipment for simulating IVs, injections, wound care, and catheterizations.”
For example, included in the kit’s basic nursing package are 48 hands-on resources like three geriatric nursing manikins, a geriatric skin conditions kit, pressure injury kit, male and female catheter simulators, and more.
The kit also includes 20 hours of course content that addresses geriatric skin conditions, pressure injuries, basic patient care, catheterization and cleaning, introduction to blood pressure, introduction to intramuscular, intradermal subcutaneous injections, and introductions to IV insertion and phlebotomy, among others.
Dominic Williams, a junior who immediately tried out the geriatric simulating equipment, said he initially enrolled in health science careers because he was interested in finding out if he would really be interested in this type of career in the future.
“We go to the hospital to find out if there are different professions we might be interested in going into, to see if they fit us,” Williams said. “This will help to get us more experience before we go to college and will also help us to have more empathy for the fellow members of our community.”
Peyton Reller, a sophomore looking to go into the medical field when she is older, “probably for surgery,” said she embarked in the class to help her figure out what she wants to do for sure.
“I think it’s cool we got a grant for it – I mean, this is $30,000 worth of stuff that we’ll put to good use every day in the classroom, learning how to work with patients,” Reller said.(excerpt from Black Hills Pioneer/Jaci Conrad Pearson)...