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WCU nursing students fill the role of both patient and nurse in the simulation lab.

Authentic lab provides nursing students with realistic hospital experience

Simulation is often used in nursing programs to give students an idea of what actual patient interactions are like in a hospital. It can come in various forms such as human-patient simulations, the use of manikins, virtual simulations, or role playing. Western Carolina University School of Nursing assistant professor David Wells has taken simulation to another level.

Expert Highlight

Chris Cooper

Professor and Department Head, Department of Political Science and Public Affairs

Chris Cooper, professor and head of the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University, provides expert commentary on matters involving politics and political science in (and beyond) North Carolina.

Cooper's research focuses on state politics and policy, political communication, political psychology and southern politics. He publishes that research frequently and is commonly seen and heard on media in Western North Carolina during political seasons.

He was named the 2013 “Professor of the Year” in North Carolina by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. That year, he also was honored as one of the top professors in the University of North Carolina system by its Board of Governors.

Among his innovative teaching techniques has been the publication of student research in Wikipedia and exchanging teaching duties via Skype with a professor at another university in a different state.

Earning his bachelor's at Winthrop University, Cooper received his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Tennessee. He maintains an informational site about his research, teaching and interests at http://paws.wcu.edu/ccooper/ccooper/Welcome.html.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Bill Studenc, director of communications and public relations, at 828.227.3083 or bstudenc@wcu.edu; or Randall Holcombe, director of news services, at 828.227.3086 or rholcomb@wcu.edu.