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'An eye-opening experience': Nursing students train for pandemic work

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

As hospitals face shortages in health care workers, schools that train nurses are adapting to prepare students for work in the pandemic.

MADISON (WKOW) -- As hospitals face shortages in health care workers, schools that train nurses are adapting to prepare students for work in the pandemic.

The school's nearly 300 students have had to shift their learning styles significantly during the pandemic.

"Because the hospitals are taking a smaller number of students on the unit at a time because of space and social distancing, we've been able to adapt and develop more virtual experiences," said interim dean Colleen Gullickson.

Edgewood College combines virtual learning with some in-person work to train the future nurses, using a simulation center and practicing telehealth patient services.

Madison College nursing students

Madison College has used similar virtual and in-person learning services for its roughly 400 students.

With fewer hospital spaces open for students during the pandemic, the school also has developed new partnerships with clinics, providing a more diverse learning experience.

Conner Mickelson says his pandemic learning experience at Edgewood College has been essential, as he prepares to become an essential worker after graduating in January.

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