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Baby Boom: Nursing Students Enroll in Boot Camp

Monday July 12, 2010
Professor Sue O’Donnell, from left, instructs ELMS students Hongan Le, Aubrey Bill and Kate Rollins.
Professor Sue O’Donnell, from left, instructs ELMS students Hongan Le, Aubrey Bill and Kate Rollins.
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Samuel Merritt University students in the accelerated BSN program got to test their skills June 10 in an interactive setting.

Nearly three dozen nursing students from the Sacramento Regional Learning Center took part in the intense and accelerated daylong Baby Boot Camp course, which features simulated mannequins to create lifelike scenarios. The course provides them with both aspects of the labor and delivery process — caring for mom and newborn.


ABSN students Justine Sison and Salvador Mislang practice neonatal resuscitation and support at the newborn station.
“Baby Boot Camp gives the students a foundation, a groundwork, some place to start,” said Susan O’Donnell, MSN, CNM, WHNP, assistant professor. “I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from the students about the experience saying that they learn more doing this than they do with lecture. For that reason, too, I am changing up how I lecture.”