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IUM student simulation room inducted


The IUM Nursing students simulation room was inducted on Friday, 29 March 2019, at IUM Dorado Campus into “Medscheme Simulation Room”. This was done in great appreciation of the continuous financial support to the IUM Nursing Department given by Medscheme Namibia, over the past three years.

The IUM Chairman, Dr David Namwandi, in his speech, read on his behalf by Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Kingo Mchombu expressed his excitement about the opportunities that the collaboration between Medscheme and the University had created.

He was particularly impressed with the realistic simulation facilities for the university’s trainee nurses, which imitate the type of situations they will face in hospitals in Namibia and neighbouring countries.

“It is our hope that the simulation room we are launching today when fully developed will become a fully-fledged resource centre not only with other learning resources such as videos, and a data-base which holds information materials which come close to bringing a hospital environment to the IUM Dorado Campus where we train nursing students” He noted.

“The lecturers will not have to demonstrate individual learning skills but through accurate demonstration and the videos and information materials can achieve that purpose while the lecturer’s job will be to ensure that the skills demonstrated have been internalized and fully owned by the student-nurses,” Dr Namwandi said.

Rudi Saunderson, the managing director of Medscheme stated they were delighted to give and associate themselves with a world class organisation like IUM. He advised that.

“We make a living by what we get and we make a life by what we give; it is with great pleasure that Medscheme is presenting sponsorship to IUM for the third consecutive year.

Mr Saunderson spoke on the role of nurses and concluded that, “Nurses are the heart of healthcare and because we value the nursing profession and the benefits they offer our society, Medscheme proudly announces its contribution in the form of sponsorship of N$150 000 that will go towards purchasing more medical mannequins, study material and whatever will contribute to the quality of their training at IUM.”

Prof Agnes Van Dyk, the Dean of Health and Social Sciences also expressed her delight saying she did not expect something like that in her wildest dreams.

She remarked that she was thankful for this significant gesture by Medscheme, adding that the university will use the money to further develop and equip the simulation room with all the state of the art equipment to advance the skills of the nursing students.

“Simulation sessions are integrated throughout the undergraduate nursing curriculum to compliment classroom teaching and clinical learning experiences and this aid in preparing students for practice in hospitals and clinics. It is an important exercise because we ca not let students loose on patients without exposing them to certain procedures” Prof Van Dyk concluded.

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