Second semester nursing students in Beaver Dam are working hard to learn how to assess and care for a laboring mother. At the whiteboard they are outlining details of each stage of labor. On the torso model the student is practicing fundal massage which prevents severe bleeding after birth. There is also a model of a placenta sitting next to the torso so the student can visualize the actual size of the wound left in the uterus after birth and truly understand the risk of bleeding to the woman if the uterus does not contract down. Practicing information, doing hands-on skills and connecting rationales with nursing actions helps nursing students solidify their knowledge and develop competency.

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Written by Kimberly Mueller
Nursing Instructor