Nursing students in La Crosse participate in poverty simulation exercise

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Western Technical College nursing students are learning lessons about living in poverty.

For the first time, the nursing students took part in a poverty simulator.

Teams worked as families and were given jobs, bills, and unexpected expenses.

Organizers say this event helps nursing students understand why some people may have to bring their kids to surgery appointments, or why people fall ill because they can’t afford their prescriptions.

“Nursing students need to understand the technical skills of being a nurse, but we also need to understand the empathy and the lived experiences of the people we take care of so we can better serve them,” said Nurse Faculty Member Julie Anderson.

Nursing students are also learning about the community resources available to people who are struggling financially.

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