By Amanda Petrucelli
Thanks to grants and donations, Ancilla College now hosts a Pyxis MedStation 4000, a high-end medication dispensing and inventory system very few colleges Ancilla’s size have access to.
Director of the Division of Nursing and Health Sciences Ann Fitzgerald said the equipment helps hands-on learning in the life-critical area of pharmacology. Wednesday, July 27, all Ancilla nursing faculty received training on the system to be ready for the 2016 school year.
“This equipment uses bar codes to help nursing students monitor medication dispensing just as a hospital would. They leave Ancilla prepared to use systems just as they will in their first jobs,” she said. “Between Pyxis and iStan (Ancilla’s robotic mannequin that students can “heal”) our program offers small classes and personal attention but the facilities of a larger university.”
Aaron Andrews CareFusion representative, said the beauty of Pyxis is that students can learn proper inventory control and carefully monitor dosage. Health care facilities also can track and keep controlled substances safe.
“No one gets in there without logging into the computer. The drawers just won’t open and, when they do, they only open wide enough for the prescribed dose,” he said.
Working with real-world equipment prepares students better for the working world, Fitzgerald said. “It’s one of the things Ancilla does really well.”