Updated: 07/16/2013 6:20 AM KSTP.com By: Naomi Pescovitz
Registered nurses are already in high demand and the profession is expected to grow 26 percent by the year 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now, a Minnesota nursing program is preparing students for the workforce by going entirely digital.
Starting this week, all students at the Minnesota School of Business nursing program will have iPads. All of their books are in the form of e-books.
"Space, clutter, you don't have as many things laying around. It helps you stay more organized," said nursing student Jillian Newberry.
In the lab, different apps simulate a defibrillator or give instructions.
"Our nursing students can actually download and app that is the machine on the code cart that actually administers shocks, interprets the rhythm and can help them learn how to save lives," said Nursing Instructor Raney Linck, RN.
One app, developed by Harvard Medical School, gives students and their patients interactive views of the heart.
"It helped me to sit down with the patient and interact with them more, and give them a different view and take on their heart and what's going on inside," Newberry said.
"It's all about using that technology to really enhance their learning. So it's hands on, interactive, and they are being challenged. So they are constantly being forced to think it through and make the right decision," Linck said.
The technology can help students save on the cost of text books and save lives in their careers down the road.
"We want our students to be ready not only for where the industry is right now, but to help take it to the next level," Linck said.
Starting Monday, iPads were rolled out to all students at 3 Globe University campuses. The University is planning to expand the program to all students at all campuses this fall.