By Sara Humphries

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Misty Wright

Nurses in training have the chance to help make a change, and Reinhardt University's Misty Wright, a frontline nurse in today's pandemic, is helping prepare nursing majors for the real world.

"Simulation is a different form of teaching where students are placed in life-like situations, allowing them to practice decision making and nursing skills without any risk of harming a patient," said Wright. "Students use the information they have learned from class and apply it to a realistic situation."

Wright's favorite part of teaching at Reinhardt University is the smaller class sizes because this gives her the chance to get to know all her students. She also wants her students to get a glimpse of what it's like to work in the medical field.

"When students leave a simulated clinical experience, I want them to have a better understanding of how to think through a situation critically and to feel more confident in their ability to make good decisions when caring for patients."

Wright earned her Master's of Science in nursing from the University of West Georgia and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Auburn University.

Wright has been a nurse for 28 years, working in the emergency department, neonatal intensive care unit, special care nursery, special procedures and urgent care. Wright has worked at institutions such as WellStar in Woodstock, Ga., Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital in Duluth, Ga. and many others.

"I can draw upon my prior clinical experiences when I develop lesson plans, participate in debriefing discussions or teach concepts to nursing students."

In her free time, Wright enjoys snorkeling, kayaking, reading, training her Border Collies and spending time with her family.

The Cauble School of Nursing & Health Sciences opened a campus location in Jasper earlier this year and is going to introduce its sixth cohort of student nurses this fall.