2017-01-24 07:30

High-tech environment ensures the quality of education

At the University of Borås, nursing students can now be trained in a high-tech and real-world environment, where advanced projection and simulations are included. The investment in a Clinical Training Centre (KTC, for its initials in Swedish) will contribute to improved clinical competence.

"We have very strong education programmes and research in the health sciences and now we are adding yet another quality. We are very proud of our latest effort to meet healthcare's challenges fully," says the university's Vice-Chancellor Björn Brorström.

For several years, KTC has been discussed at the university; now, after extensive renovations, it has been completed. KTC resembles a hospital setting, yet in the beds lie sophisticated mannequins with IV poles standing adjacent; several cameras hang from the ceilings. In one of the rooms, it is possible to project light and sound onto the walls, such as a traffic accident with associated traffic noise.

"Research shows that simulation is a well-functioning educational model. It is important for students to practice in a real context where it is possible to make mistakes without being dangerous for the patient," says Henrik Andersson, Director of the KTC.

Striving for a unique educational environment

The goal is to become a leading university-tied KTC where skills training and simulation in clinical and communication skills are made possible for both students and external parties.

"This is a major initiative for the Faculty and we will do our utmost to develop the environment during 2017. Municipalities who want to use the environment for skills development have already been in touch," says Lotta Dalheim Englund, Dean of Faculty of the Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.

Within the framework of the KTC, several research and development projects are planned. Among other things, there are plans to implement computer games as an educational tool to train ambulance nursing students' communication and empathy capabilities in the context of caring assessments.
To understand what the KTC means, you need to see it with your own eyes. The environment can change depending on which scenario is desired, for example an intensive care setting or a radiology department.

"First, we can simulate a procedure in the intensive care unit, then a patient transport through the corridor, and further into the projection room where we have created a radiology department. Being able to practice transport between two real-seeming settings and then get feedback on one's work is valuable," says Henrik Andersson.

Enables fair examinations

The core of the KTC is the control room where the halls and corridor can be seen on television screens. The cameras are mobile and capture the practical training elements that the students perform, thus allowing for fair assessments in examinations. If the instructor is not sure, she or he can go back and look at the recorded material afterwards.

Text: Rebecca Lindholm
Translation: Eva Medin