Sep 2, 2014 8:48 PM
Today marked the first day of Fall classes at Redding's Simpson University -- and for the first time ever -- students got to use the school's new state-of-the-art nursing center.
The goal is to help make Simpson nursing students more competitive in the job market.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 19% increase in nursing jobs over the next 8 years, and there's already a nursing shortage -- both around the country -- and in the North State.
It looks like a scene out of a medical TV show, but it's just a day in the life of these nursing students who are practicing to become the real thing in this new, state-of-the-art nursing center.
"Mock code is one simulation activity that's imperative to do...we can take what they've learned from CPR and apply that to a hospital setting."
The nursing center includes a skills and simulation lab, where students are put in different situations.
Emily Agudo, a Senior at the School of Nursing, says she's confident about getting a job right out of nursing school.
"The simulation labs are exactly like a hospital room that we are practicing in...so when they want to throw different scenarios at us...we have a place to do it and it prepares us a lot better."
Despite the nursing shortage, graduating students still face a challenge landing a job when it comes to experience.
"The area we are seeing a nursing shortage is with experienced nurses..."
The recession has also caused experienced nurses to put off retirement, also affecting new hires.
"40% of nurses who graduated from Northern California didn't find job in the area."
The new nursing facility at Simpson is one way students can get that experience before graduating.
They've enrolled more than 60 nursing students for the school year..and hope to increase enrollment in the future.
Woodson says the new training facility at Simpson can turn those students into more favorable candidates when they apply for nursing jobs.
"I think it will improve their quality and the knowledge they come out of school with."
Nursing students won't be the only ones using the nursing center -- the dean says medical professionals in the area will also use the new simulation lab for training.
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