Cindy Griffin, Interim Director of Nursing at Lake-Sumter State College, noted the tremendous popularity of the college's nursing program, and explained how the grant would allow students to gain hands-on experience and practice what they have learned in the classroom. "This much appreciated gift benefits the college, the students, and the community, as the LSSC nursing program will now be able to purchase a state-of-the-art medication administration system.
The goal of the LSSC nursing program is that graduates will be highly competent and safe practitioners of nursing, and this provides us with a significant tool that will help students meet that goal."
According to Griffin, the Demo-Dose Medication Dispensing System will provide LSSC students with the opportunity to experience firsthand what real patient care is like. Using the new technology, students will learn how to dispense practice medications in a secure environment, learn the different types of medications and their uses, learn how to adequately prepare the medications, and understand the inventory tracking of medications.
"Research shows medical simulation enhances critical thinking skills and ultimately increases quality care and patient safety by exposing students to low-volume events without endangering actual patients," Griffin elaborated.
"Technology provides a tremendous tool for expanding learning opportunities to our future nurses as well as improving care for patients," said Rosanne Brandeburg, Executive Director of the LSSC Foundation.
Brandeburg expressed her gratitude to Mr. Ed Brooks and his team at the First National Bank of Mount Dora for awarding the funds. "With the shortfalls in educational funding, this grant will make a huge difference for so many of our students."