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Harper educating new nurses around the world

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  • Pat Egel, left, a clinical supervisor at the Simulation Hospital at Harper College, shows Netherlands visitor Linda Kronenberg how new nurses are educated.

      Pat Egel, left, a clinical supervisor at the Simulation Hospital at Harper College, shows Netherlands visitor Linda Kronenberg how new nurses are educated.
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Submitted by Patrick Bromley, Harper College

A visitor came from halfway around the world this week to see the Simulation Hospital facility at Harper College.

Linda Kronenberg came to Harper from the Netherlands, where she works as a supervisor to nurse practitioners at four different hospitals. The goal of her visit was to research how new nurses are educated in the United States.

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Harper's Simulation Hospital, which opened in 2010, was the first of its kind at a community college in Illinois. Students in health career programs are given the opportunity for hands-on learning in a safe and controlled environment.

Kronenberg said she was particularly impressed by the similarities between the college's Simulation Hospital and an actual hospital -- from the facilities to the equipment to the realistic scenarios. It's such a close approximation, in fact, that she says it seemed like science fiction to her.

"I'm especially interested in education for nurses," says Kronenberg. "It's very inspiring to see all this."

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