Nursing students had a chance to practice the skills they are learning in the procedures for primary care course. The entire class took part in a lab where they practiced suturing, joint injections, dressings and other primary care skills.
“The class has a lot of lectures and a lot of reading, but this lets them get in there and really see how these things look in practice,” said Cathy Aslin, assistant professor of nursing.
The students practiced locating and removing foreign objects by removing fish hooks and toothpicks from pigs’ feet. They also practiced sutures of various shapes on synthetic materials.
The course is required for nursing students and takes place every summer. Aslin said it is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students.
“This isn’t something you would normally get to do at an undergraduate level,” she said. “But it helps our students be more prepared and confident when they encounter these procedures.”
Story by Nathan Handley, photos by Kristi Woody