Ongoing Ebola situation provides 'real world' lessons for SFA nu - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Ongoing Ebola situation provides 'real world' lessons for SFA nursing students

SFA nursing students learn through simulations, but also through the ebola current event.  (Source: KTRE Staff) SFA nursing students learn through simulations, but also through the ebola current event. (Source: KTRE Staff)
As the story unfolds it helps teach students about the basics of infection control. (Source: KTRE Staff) As the story unfolds it helps teach students about the basics of infection control. (Source: KTRE Staff)
KTRE Staff KTRE Staff
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

The Ebola concern is providing “real life” lessons for student nurses at Stephen F. Austin State University. They are listening to developments with a “personal” interest in mind.

The Ebola crisis could make them more diligent health care providers.

“We get to have some good debates on maybe things that were done correctly and maybe things that were done incorrectly,” said Dr. Erin Bailey, a registered nurse and the SFA's School of Nursing. “How to keep up with current events and how policies and procedures need to be constantly changing."

It's a valuable lesson when learning about infection control.

“I think this is almost like a wake-up call for every hospital across the nation to go back to the basics and make sure they're doing every step, not skipping anything,” said Morgan Wigington, a second-semester SFA nursing student.

Ebola is scaring a lot of people, but it's not intimidating ambitious nursing students.

“We have many diseases that are like that,” said Emily Frizzell, a second-semester SFA nursing student “It's standard precautions that we put the patient under. If that scared us, then we wouldn't be in this profession at all. It's what we do."

H1N1 and tuberculosis threats didn't scare off Bailey. She thinks the events made her a better health professional.

“It did. It made me more cognizant of the ways I needed to protect myself and the patients and their families and other people in the community when I would be exposed to these,” Bailey said. And, also, the fact I would be exposed to these. It was not going to be something as a nurse that I would be able to avoid."

The reality check sends out this reminder to nursing students.

“Do your best to save yourself while giving them the best care that you can,” said Megan Dement, a second-semester SFA nursing student.

Advanced nursing students do their clinical in Lufkin and Nacogdoches hospitals. They receive the same infection control updates that veteran staff members are given.

Copyright 2014 KTRE. All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Lufkin Police detain armed man who barricaded himself in Crown Colony

    Lufkin Police detain armed man who barricaded himself in Crown Colony

    Sunday, November 19 2017 9:11 PM EST2017-11-20 02:11:54 GMT

    Lufkin PD spokeswoman, Jessica Pebsworth, has stated that a person is barricaded inside of a home. 

    More >>

    Lufkin PD spokeswoman, Jessica Pebsworth, has stated that a person is barricaded inside of a home. 

    More >>
  • Drivers have been identified in two-car accident near Angelina- Polk county line

    Drivers have been identified in two-car accident near Angelina- Polk county line

    Sunday, November 19 2017 2:52 PM EST2017-11-19 19:52:26 GMT
    Source: KTRE StaffSource: KTRE Staff

    The drivers involved in two-car accident earlier this week on U.S. 59 near Clark’s Ferry road have been identified. 

    More >>

    The drivers involved in two-car accident earlier this week on U.S. 59 near Clark’s Ferry road have been identified. 

    More >>
  • Lufkin's Community Food Drive built on woman's legacy

    Lufkin's Community Food Drive built on woman's legacy

    Saturday, November 18 2017 9:28 PM EST2017-11-19 02:28:07 GMT
    Source: KTRE StaffSource: KTRE Staff
    The Community Food Drive in Lufkin is special to some because of the large amount of people it brings together from all walks of life.  "It's just like so many different people, very diverse," said volunteer, Priscilla Gonzalez. "It's just kind of cool to see all these people coming together to do one thing." For others, like Keith Kennedy, it's all about the service being provided to the greater community. "They're in miracle territory,...More >>
    The Community Food Drive in Lufkin is special to some because of the large amount of people it brings together from all walks of life.  "It's just like so many different people, very diverse," said volunteer, Priscilla Gonzalez. "It's just kind of cool to see all these people coming together to do one thing." For others, like Keith Kennedy, it's all about the service being provided to the greater community. "They're in miracle territory,...More >>
Powered by Frankly