Equipment and Facilities
We have developed a high fidelity and medium fidelity (pertaining to how true to life the manikins are) Simulation Laboratories for Nursing. The High Fidelity lab houses a high fidelity simulation family which includes Sim-Man, Sim-Kid, Sim-NewBe and Noella who can actually give birth to a baby. These high fidelity manikins are computer operated and have the appearance of being live human beings complete with eye movements, chest wall movement, heart sounds, breath sounds, bowel sounds, pulses, and blood pressures which will allow for hands on training with hospital-type equipment. They have the capability of responding appropriately to the treatments that are carried out on them. If the treatments are not correct they will respond with a deteriorating condition. The Medium Fidelity Simulation Lab is set up as a mock Emergency Room and houses adult manikins who have heart, lung, and bowel sounds as well as the various pulses. With these manikins the nursing instructor is able to program what the students are supposed to hear and/or feel when assessing the manikin.
In these labs you will also find many other state-of-the-arts equipment and internet capabilities. We have computerized medication dispensing stations, electronic health records where the simulation scenario nursing documentation is carried out, and both adult and pediatric crash carts from which a “Code Blue” can be managed. In the high fidelity lab there is a nursing station with two live computers, patient charts that match each patient care scenario, and a telephone for communicating with physicians (actually faculty members posing as physicians).
Border Health Clinic
Located in the Health and Science Building is our Border Health Clinic, which not only serves our faculty, staff and students, but the entire community as well. This clinic offers a Dental Clinic, Sonography Clinic, Physical Therapy Clinic and a Primary Health Care Clinic which is staffed by a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and nurses who are part of the nursing faculty. This clinic does not take insurance and operates based on fees for service. The Primary Health Care Clinic offers unique training opportunities for our nursing students as well as other students in various Allied Health programs.
- The RN Program is located in the Health and Science Laboratory Building, right across the street from the original Rio Grande Campus building (A building).
- The Vocational Nursing Program is located at the Mission del Paso Campus.
- We have two High School Vocational Nursing Programs; one is located at Bel Air High School and the other is located at Silva Magnet High School on the Jefferson High School Campus.