Life College of Learning, a nursing college established by Life Healthcare, is focusing on technology and innovation to improve its nursing training programmes.

According to National Education Manager at Life Healthcare, Peggy Naicker, the widespread uptake of technology illustrates the need to incorporate technology in health education to ensure that the future workforce is adequately equipped, as well as improve the way individuals learn.

“Technology has undoubtedly and irreparably changed all aspects of our lives, from personal to professional. Unsurprisingly, it has also extended to many areas of healthcare, with research by the World Economic Forum (WEF) showing that between 2018 and 2022 there is an expected 87% adoption of user and entity big data analytics and 67% of Internet of Things (IoT), among others, in global health and healthcare,” said Naicker.

Since 2013, the college has upgraded the simulation rooms and digital education systems at each of its seven learning centres across the country. Innovative teaching and learning methodologies are used to promote student theory practice integration and improved cognitive thinking.

The college makes use of an advanced electronic learning programme that is conducive to learning and self-study as it is visual and interactive. The programme is a 3D human anatomy and physiology software used for teaching, learning and presenting.

According to Naicker, simulation is a vital part of healthcare training because of its ability to create real-world scenarios in a controlled environment by technology simulating specific characteristics or behaviour of patients or illnesses. This allows students to get much-needed exposure to and practice life-saving skills without adverse consequences. These skills include basic and advanced nursing capabilities, a variety of wound care procedures, and labour, delivery and midwifery skills.

“Nursing and health sciences are, of course, not immune to the transformative capabilities of technology in education. The health industry is recognising more and more that it is critical for modern nurses and health practitioners to be highly trained and well-educated critical thinkers able to make complex clinical decisions – and there is an increasing recognition that the most effective way to produce these kinds of practitioners is to utilise technology in their education,” said Naicker.

“I’m confident that by continuing to place technology and innovation at the centre of what we do at the Life College of Learning, we will be able to sustainably equip South Africa’s current and future nurses with the knowledge and tools they need to provide the highest levels of patient care – ultimately helping cement nursing as a critical, respected and trustworthy profession,” concluded Naicker.

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