STC Hosts Virtual Dementia Tour
July 18, 2018 – On Monday, June 25, Southeastern Technical College’s (STC) Nursing program held a Virtual Dementia Tour® sponsored by Second Wind Dreams.
One in six people over the age of 80 suffer from dementia. Dementia describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks. This condition is one of the most common diseases affecting elderly residents in nursing homes and hospitals.
STC’s Nursing program strives to produce technically-advanced, competent, and caring individuals who are prepared to practice professional nursing in a variety of healthcare settings. To ensure all students obtain a well-rounded education, STC offers training events that will benefit students long after graduation.
The Virtual Dementia Tour, hosted by Linda Bledsoe, provides hands-on education for nursing students to prepare them for their future career endeavors. Many STC Associate of Science in Nursing and Practical Nursing graduates acquire positions at local nursing homes, hospitals, or aid facilities that specialize in elderly patient care.
“Giving students an opportunity to learn hands-on education on such a sensitive subject is invaluable,” says Linda. “Students who have been able to experience this tour have gone on to very successful and rewarding careers in elderly care.”
Nursing students asked volunteers from the local community to participate in the tour. These volunteers where given special gear to simulate the different physical characteristics of dementia symptoms and then assigned a different task to complete. As the volunteers worked through the tasks, the students were to treat the volunteers as actual dementia patients under their care.
More than 65 volunteers were able to experience the Virtual Dementia Tour and gain a new perspective on those suffering with dementia. Due to the high number of participants, students were able to gain an abundance of real-world experience in this field.
Simulations like this offer students a chance to put themselves in their patient’s shoes. Helping students understand their patients is key to having a confident and capable graduate. This event also gives students the opportunity to earn extra hours of education.
Graduates from STC’s Nursing program, go on to care for others in our own community and across the state. By providing these applicable education opportunities, STC offers students a chance to gain an edge to their learning experience and practical application of patient care.
The Virtual Dementia Tour® is a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction. Created by P.K. Beville, M.S., an award-winning geriatric specialist and founder of Second Wind Dreams®, Inc., proceeds from the sale of Virtual Dementia Tour support the work of Second Wind Dreams, an internationally known, nonprofit organization recognized as the first in the nation committed to changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams for elders. For more information about Second Wind Dreams and the Virtual Dementia Tour, please call the office at 678-624-0500 or visit online at www.secondwind.org.
For more information about STC’s Nursing programs, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.
STC Nursing students who helped host the event. Left to Right: Faith Dudley, Caitlin Francis, Donna Jean Braddy, ASN Instructor, Mariana Zarco, and Tracer Gould.