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Ascension nurses, other clinicians now have expanded access to hands-on learning

Rebecca Webster, who has served as a medical assistant at Ascension Medical Group Via Christi on Amidon for the past 13 years, attends a Basic Life Saving class every two years to maintain her certification.
 
In the past, that has meant rearranging her schedule to attend a class on one of the days and times being offered, usually a Saturday. But not this year, thanks to a new high-tech training method being offered to Ascension Via Christi caregivers.
 
Instead, she completed an online course and went to the Clinical Professional Development Center at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis to use the RQI 2020 station, which allows her to watch a video, apply the learning and receive real-time feedback as to how her virtual patient is doing.

The station, one of five at Ascension Via Christi's Wichita hospitals and one each at its hospitals in Pittsburg, Manhattan and Wamego, offers a complete hands-on skill competency evaluation and certification in whichever module is needed -- Basic, Advanced or Pediatric Advanced Life Saving -- once successfully passed.
 
For Webster, having 24-7 access to this type of learning is a real plus, allowing her to pick a time that works best with her schedule and to refresh her skills in a way that ensures she’s fully prepared should .
 
“Getting real-time feedback allows me to make adjustments,” says Webster. “Plus, hands-on is a better way for me to learn and I’m sure that’s true for others as well.”
 
The RQI 2020 stations are just one tool being utilized by the newly expanded a remodeled center, which now features three simulation rooms along with three debriefing rooms, two rooms equipped with skills stations and a computer lab for online learning. This allows the Clinical Professional Development team -- 14 in Wichita, two in Manhattan and two in Pittsburg -- to provide hands-on learning to nurses and another clinical staff as they begin their careers at Ascension Via Christi and as they expand their training in a variety of areas of specialized care.
 
“Overall, education is undergoing a radical transformation to better meet the needs of students and professionals in the workplace,” says Anita Mills, regional market director for Clinical Professional Development, who returned to Ascension Via Christi after having served as a Nursing instructor at Butler Community College for nine years and as dean of Nursing for seven. “Today's learners continue to be -- and should be -- active participants in their own learning experiences.

"Additionally, research has shown this type of learning to have the most lasting and positive impact. So we're now taking the same evidence-based approach to learning that we do in providing care."

About Roz Hutchinson

Roz Hutchinson is a Wichita wife, mother and chief spoiler of six grandkids and three Chihuahuas, a die-hard women's basketball fan, and director of Communications and Public Relations for Ascension Via Christi.