Gainesville Daily Register

May 9, 2013

Lindsay science students visit NCTC nursing lab

Special to the Register

Lindsay — Fifth and sixth grade science students from Lindsay Elementary got an up-close look at how nursing students at North Central Texas College train to start a career in the medical field.

The Lindsay students visited the nursing simulation lab at NCTC’s Gainesville campus Wednesday.

“We’re just talking about nursing and we’re showing them the mannequins and talking about science and how that is all a part of nursing and what NCTC has to offer them as they reach toward their college goals,” NCTC nursing instructor Julie Martin said.

Students visited several stations, each with a different simulation mannequin. Some of the mannequins were children, some were older adults, and a couple were babies. NCTC nursing instructors showed the students how, with the help of computers, they could simulate breathing, coughing, shaking and even blood flow.

The students seemed excited to see how the simulation process worked.

“We learned how you react if you are a nurse in different scenarios that you could be stuck in,” fifth-grader Brooke Bird said. “I didn’t know that the mannequins could blink or breathe or that they could put fluids in them.”

When asked, many of the students said they were interested in becoming a nurse in the future.

“My mom is a nurse so I kind of want to become one too,” fifth-grader Logan Martin said.

For more information on the nursing program at North Central Texas College, call 940-668-7731 or visit the college’s website at