UNC Pembroke Nursing on UNC-TV | NC Now

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Kelly Mc: The University of North Carolina at Pembroke nursing department is enjoying
a near-thirty million dollar “dream come true.” It's a new, 14,500-square foot facility
that's promises to double the university's nursing student population.
Barbara Synowiez – 29 million dollars moved us – our vision became reality. We've planning
for it for six years and to actually see it come to fruition. It's just so exciting. Each
day, we are excited to come to work, realizing that the vision we had six years ago is here
Kelly Mc: Anthony Neal serves in the U-S Army. Earning a degree will make Anthony an officer
in the Army Nursing Corps.
Anthony Neal – Mainly – Mainly, there's not too much of a difference. Healthcare is
healthcare. The differences are subtle. In the military hospitals, such as Womack, which
is on Fort Bragg here.
Kelly Mc: James Nicholson was fifteen years into his previous career when the recession
changed his career path. His wife is a nurse who convinced him nursing jobs were stable
IF he could believe men could be nurses.
James Nicholson – It was the stigma attached to it with the men in the nursing field. It
didn't seem like the “manly” thing. But when I got into it, it has no stigma. There
is no stigma attached to caring. It doesn't matter whether you're male or female, we all
feel the same passion and empathy for people.
Kelly Mc: Anthony and James are but two stories from UNC-Pembroke's nursing program. Over
one hundred of their nursing student colleagues use state-of-art equipment to train in near
real-world situations. Healthcare is administer with no harm to patients.
Martha Hepler – I can make him sweat, I can make him cry. He can have a seizure. He
can cough. He can moan. He can vomit. I would prefer, right now, to have a normal healthy
client because they deal with someone who's normal, maybe having a little bit of trouble.
Kelly Mc: UNC-P nursing professor, Martha Hepler, teaches clinical labs behind smoked
glass. The works one-on-one with her students using a state-of-art, computer programmed
Cinthya Bowmaker-Kareem – Practice – It's wonderful for the students because we get
to come in and practice on the mannequins and not be afraid to hurt them or make them
Kelly Mc: The team calls him “Bobby” but he's human simulator capable of cyber-suffering
a host of symptoms.
Martha Hepler – I click a button and he will start sweating.
Kelly Mc: And you're watching your students on the camera.
Martha Hepler: I am watching my students and she is wiping his forehead because he is sweating.
Because I clicked it here and water is coming out of his forehead – like a patient is
sweating in the hospital. I unclick it and he will stop. I will click the eyes and he
will literally start crying. Maybe he is upset about something, he's told he has a chronic
illness. Now, he's crying so they're going to have to wipe his tears and practicing therapeutic
Kelly Mc: Jennie Zary is capping FOUR military, tours of duty by earning her bachelor's degree
in nursing.
Jennie Zary – You have to put the pieces together to figure out what is going on with
the patient. So, when he started coughing, I immediately went to assess his lungs, to
see if he was having difficulty breathing.
Martha Hepler –Way back when the instructor had to literally be hanging over the student's
shoulders and it made them nervous. The cameras may make them nervous, too, but, at least
here, we can step out of the room, we can watch through the window and we can watch
this. At the same time, we are recording it so we can play it back for the students.
Jennie Zary – Having them, like you said, hang over my shoulder, actually makes me a
lot more nervous than knowing she's manipulating the Sim Man. I can, actually, kind of focus
on my virtual patient or sim man and treat him or her like it was my client in a clinical
Kelly Mc: Why is it important that you are not, as you say, “Hanging over their shoulder?”
Martha Hepler: They're going to be more focused on, “Oh, my goodness! If I do this wrong,
I'm going to fail the class rather than focusing on the task at hand. Just taking us out of
the picture, I think they'll be able to think more clearly, look at the client and feel
like it's a one-on-one patient interaction.
Kelly Mc: The Institute of Medicine reports that America needs eighty-percent of its nursing
work force to earn four-year degrees.
Barbara Synowiez – I think it is considered futuristic but when we look at our literature,
and we look at how we're going to be able to effectively graduate students that are
successful and we see better patient outcomes, I think nursing schools are moving in this
Kelly Mc: UNC-Pembroke is set to increase nursing department enrollment which should
fill it's new capacity. Plans are to eventually work towards offering advanced nursing degrees.