Scientific methods

A Norwich University nursing student learns proper syringe-filling techniques Monday during an outdoor nursing simulation lab on the green outside the U Building. The simulation, led by instructors Sarah Manacek, Jamie Maxham-Robillard and Kevin Scott, covered injections and catheter and chest tube insertion.

With the weather warm and physical distancing required by Vermont Health Department health guidelines related to the coronavirus pandemic, some outdoor spaces were used for instruction Monday as the 2020-21 academic year officially launched.

“It was great,” Maxham-Robillard said. “Outside, (there’s) as much free-moving air and space as we needed, and the rain held off.”

Many students said they were happy to resume study, Maxham-Robillard said.

"(They said,) ‘I remember how to do this,'” she said.

Norwich’s nursing students have had a busy fall already, having helped run the presemester coronavirus testing lab at Plumley Armory, which tested more than 1,000 students, administrators, faculty and staff beginning in early August. Nursing Director Paulette Thabault has said the students gained valuable clinical experience by helping run the testing center and will better understand how communities mitigate future pandemics.

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