Healthcare Students Adjust to COVID-19, Train Through Virtual Learning

November 2, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified November 3, 2020

COVID-19 has not only changed our lives, it has changed the way we learn. According to this article from KXAN News, healthcare students are readjusting to a world of new safety guidelines while being able to train and gain hands-on experience.

“At this time we’ve had to look outside of that and make sure that at the end the student is competent to be a nurse or to be an occupational therapy assistant or a pharmacist technician,” said Estrella Barrera, Austin Community College’s Associate Dean of Health Sciences. Barrera said they’ve gotten creative with this year’s curriculum. They’ve turned to more online resources including virtual stimulation, calls, telemedicine and videotaping students on some of the basic skills. “The nursing department has been using cameras, videotaping students, on some of the very basic skills that you can check competency,” Barrera said.

The associate dean said they will address those who need extra practice in-person. When it comes to the hands-on experience, they’re working with their partners at local hospitals and clinics for in-person patient care training.

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