Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) students recently attended the first in-person Clinical Skills Intensive (CSI) for their specialty since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The training, which was held at the Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center (ASTEC), is an essential part of their training to manage patients with acute illnesses. The training is a requirement to apply for credentials post-graduation.
According to Shu Fen Wung, PhD, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN, interim coordinator for the AGACNP specialty at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, the three-day CSI included instruction in suturing, knot tying, lumbar puncture, chest tube insertion, thoracentesis/paracentesis, cardiac ultrasound, basic airway management and intubation. “The students enjoyed being on campus to connect with faculty and their peers,” said Dr. Wung. "The staff at ASTEC have been wonderful in facilitating all our learning and teaching needs in a safe environment.”
Prior to the pandemic, DNP students from all specialties would attend CSI training in-person; after COVID-19 restrictions, all such sessions have been virtual. “Our faculty and the ASTEC staff planned these activities in a way to promote best learning, while keeping all faculty, students and staff safe,” said Dr. Wung.