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Alumna Returns to NU to Lead Nursing Sim Center

Niagara’s Nursing Simulation Center coordinator, Mary Way, ’97, M.S.’98, has returned to her alma mater thrilled to share the experience of simulation with her students. She brings an extensive background in hospital settings, community healthcare, long-term care, education, and simulation to her role.

The new Nursing Simulation Center will allow students to go through the steps that nurses go through to perform their job, such as assessing patients and establishing a plan for their healthcare, she explains.

“The real value in simulation is having students exposed to situations that are fairly high risk and that they may not encounter in their day-to-day field placements,” Way says, adding that teamwork and interdisciplinary partnerships come into play as well.

While the patient scenarios are scripted, there is opportunity for spontaneity, Way notes. “Students may make a decision, be it right or wrong, which was not what we had planned.” These opportunities will require the students to “think on their feet” to determine the best course of action for their patients, she adds.

In time, Way would like to see the center grow with the nursing program, and perhaps establish community partnerships and interdisciplinary opportunities. For now, however, she is happy to be back on Monteagle Ridge, working with the nursing department to establish this new program.

“It’s wonderful to be working in a brand new environment,” she says. “I’m thrilled to be back in this role.”