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Trumbull nursing students going for a "SPIN"

Posted Oct. 16, 2013

The Kent State University at Trumbull nursing program is piloting a new project with hopes of decreasing students’ clinical experience anxiety. The program, dubbed SPIN (Student-Patient Interaction Now), will introduce patients to sophomore nursing students prior to their first clinical experience.Kent State Trumbull nursing students at the Windsor House at Champion

“Traditionally, we have found that our sophomore students are incredibly anxious about their second semester clinical experience,” said Kathleen Dwinnells, assistant professor and coordinator of nursing, Kent State Trumbull. “By introducing them to patients early, we hope to allay fears and boost their confidence, resulting in less clinical anxiety.”

As part of the weekly lab experience, students will spend one to two hours each week during the semester’s final three week with patients at the Windsor House at Champion. There, they will engage in communication techniques, record vital signs and perform assessments on long-term care residents.

“Our hope in introducing our students at an earlier stage, is that anxiety levels in dealing with real world, ‘hands on’ interactions will be greatly reduced as they move forward in their learning,” Dwinnells concluded.