Campus Learning Resources
The nursing skills lab, located on the 5th floor consists of three rooms with a total of 23 beds. There is a variety of equipment that simulates a clinical setting. Full body manikins and realistic anatomical models aid students in learning clinical skills and procedures. The skills lab supports all courses in the ADN program. Students must adhere to a Safety Policy in the lab.
Having three separate labs provides flexibility in creating learning environments appropriate for the level of the learner. There is video capability for students to view multimedia presentations. Students may also record, review and critique their skill performance.
The faculty may request a specific lab and/or equipment for instructional purposes. Equipment inventory is reviewed and updated on an annual basis. The lab is staffed by a registered nurse who maintains the lab and assists students in practicing skills.
The Human Patient Simulator
Charity School of Nursing employs many technological pieces to assist in student learning, including the most up-to-date tool available - the Human Patient Simulator. The HPS is a high-tech, high fidelity mannequin that responds to nursing and medical actions just as a human body would. The simulators have the ability to breathe oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, have measurable vital signs, heart and lung sounds, eyes that blink with pupils that respond to light, pulses in the neck, arms, and legs that can be assessed, and accurately mirror human responses to CPR, medications, intubation, ventilation, and catheterization.
The Charity School of Nursing HPS models reside in the Simulator Learning Lab, which resembles a hospital facility with patient rooms, a nursing station with medical records access, medical supplies, and equipment. Each “patient” room is equipped with recording equipment to document student responses to HPS simulations and their related nursing challenges.
Media Services Department
The Media Services Department provides instructional programs which support and supplement the school curriculum. The physical facilities include a color television studio for creating video programs, a work room with supplies for hard-copy presentations, computer equipment for pre and post digital video creation and staff offices. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to share their communication talents with others at the School of Nursing by using the computers, data projectors and flat panel televisions that are in the classrooms.
The Charity School of Nursing computer lab consists of 36 computers that are networked together, providing each with access to a laser printer, CD-ROM drives, Internet, and over 200 nursing-related programs. Students can utilize all on-line resources and e-mail. Microsoft Office software, including Word, Power Point, Excel, and Access are available at each station. Computers that are located in the library and first-floor lobby are connected to the lab’s resources. In addition, Wireless technology is available for laptop users to access the Internet from anywhere on the CSN and other DCC campuses.
The CSN Library is a modern and spacious area that contains open stacks of books, bound periodicals and journals for browsing, and computers for world-wide network interaction. As part of the Delgado College Library System, the CSN library shares an automated catalog (ISSAC) to connect to the Louisiana Online University Information System (LOUIS) for access to statewide materials. The library has 33 computers which provide access to online databases, the CSN Multimedia collection, a compilation of over 200 nursing skills and related video programs for student viewing. In addition, research help and bibliographic instruction is available with the school's full-time librarian.
Student Success Resource Center and Academic and Retention Counselor
The Student Success Resource Center (SSRC) and Academic and Retention Counselor are located at CSN in Room 301B, 504-571-1273. The Center was established as an outreach for all CSN students. The selection of books and media available for student in-house use is complemented by one-on-one tutoring. This integrated approach offers individual academic advising and provides remediation services for nursing students requiring academic and moral support. The SSRC collection is updated annually with a continued emphasis on increasing student completion of the nursing program. Services offered include: counseling, learning style assessment, study plans, time management techniques, note-taking skills, memory strengthening, test-taking strategies, stress management, test anxiety, study groups, healthy diet information, motivational reminders, accommodated services for ADA students, and supplemental instruction.