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Creekside students introduced to the wonders of nursing school’s simulation center

December 05, 2016 by Cindy O'Dell
Casey Peevy explains the School of Nursing's Simulation Center to students from Creekside High School.

Casey Peevy explains the School of Nursing’s Simulation Center to students from Creekside High School.

Casey Peevy usually spends his days creating simulated wounds and other conditions to help nursing students practice their healing techniques. But on Thursday, he took the time to introduce a group of students from Creekside High School in Irvine, California, to the world he helps create as part of the Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Professional Studies Simulation Center.

The behind-the-scenes tour was part of a new program from the Irvine Rotary Club. Sheila Steinberg, a faculty member at Brandman University, is the chair of club’s Vocational Youth Leadership Program for Creekside High School, an alternative high school that draws students from throughout the city. The after-school program is a pilot project that connects Rotarians with the students to discuss career paths.

“We have designed this program with the idea that students learn it’s OK to hold various jobs and to take your time to explore different careers,” said Steinberg. So far the pilot project has taken students to the Fairmont Hotel to learn about hotel management, Fairhaven Memorial Park to learn about the funeral industry and to Brandman to learning both about nursing and Peevy’s career that went from simulating wounds for television and movies to creating them to help train nurses. 

Sheila Steinberg documents the Simulation Center tour with her phone.

Sheila Steinberg documents the Simulation Center tour with her phone.

“I wanted more stable employment,” Peevy told the students. He’s been at the university for about five years and his work has expanded to included working with actors who pose as patients as well as making sure the simulation center’s complex video and hospital equipment is all in working order.

The Creekside students also heard from Dr. James Morgan, a School of Nursing faculty member and a nurse, who answered questions the students submitted earlier.

Nursing, he said, is both an art and a science. While the job often involves long hours and delivering difficult news, it is also a chance to be part of people’s lives in a meaningful way. “It also provides an endless opportunity to learn and to help people,” said Morgan.

The students were welcomed to Brandman by Chancellor Gary Brahm, who said like Creekside, Brandman takes a nontraditional approach to education and he stressed the importance of education in general. Assistant Vice Chancellor Jay Warner made sure they took a few Brandman mementos home. As with many events around the university’s campuses this month, it shows that #BrandmanCares.

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