UCLA School Of Nursing Responding To The Nursing Shortage

With support from UniHealth Foundation, UCLA School of Nursing, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Saint John’s Health Center are using a new simulation laboratory to train the next generation of nurses. In response to the nursing shortage, UCLA has initiated new Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Master Entry Clinical Nurse programs to prepared qualified nurses to deliver direct care at the bedside and assume leadership positions in hospitals. The School of Nursing created the skills lab to enhance the clinical education of these students, who have not previously worked with patients.

In addition to the student nurses, staff nurses at UCLA Medical Center, Cedars-Sinai and Saint John’s are using the simulation facility for additional training. In the skills laboratory, students use adult and infant simulation mannequins to hone their skills before working with patients. According to Dr. Mary Woo, professor and director of the lab, standardizing the types of conditions students see allows them to respond to different situations and learn from their mistakes without harming patients. It also allows for faculty, clinical nurses and students to practice hospital skills, critical thinking and clinical decision-making.

More information about the program can be found in the Spring edition of UCLA Nursing Magazine,