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Mid-Carolina AHEC Offers Adventures in Nursing Program to HCA Students

This past summer, Mid-Carolina AHEC partnered with Midlands Technical College (MTC) to offer Adventures in Nursing: Discover How It Starts to Mid-Carolina AHEC Health Careers Academy students. MTC Nursing Instructor Shirley Bannister, MSN, RN, CWCN, provided opportunities for students to rotate between sessions on blood pressure and wound care and the simulation lab.

The students learned to take blood pressure using a simulation mannequin known as SimMan 3G in the MTC Simulation Center. Each student was taught how to apply the blood pressure cuff, listen for the Korotkoff sounds using a stethoscope and obtain the systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The students attended a mini-lecture on the four stages of pressure wounds. Then they were given the opportunity to stage and dress pressure wounds in the lab. The students demonstrated how to remove soiled gloves that were contaminated with various germs.

Mid-Carolina AHEC would like to extend a huge thank you to Midlands Technical College Department of Nursing and Shirley Bannister for providing this opportunity to the Health Careers Academy students.

To find out more about the Mid-Carolina Health Careers Academy, contact Mid-Carolina AHEC HCP Coordinator Erica Davis at


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