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Students design software that simulates medical barcode scanning

Ja’Nicecia Nobles explains how the software she and Kevin Ozeryansky created helps nursing students to simulate scenarios.Challenging and innovative teaching that extends outside the classroom is a foundation of the learning experience at Georgia College.

Computer science students recently took the knowledge they received in their courses and put it into practice to meet the needs of several clients.

“Computer science is a lot of theory, and this was our big project for our undergraduate degree,” said Kevin Ozeryansky. “It was a huge learning experience as we put what was taught in class into practice.”

Ozeryansky and his group partner Ja’Nicecia Nobles worked to develop a new software program for the Georgia College School of Nursing. The software allows nursing students to simulate real-world scenarios.

“It verifies patient information, medication doses and other things like allergies through scanning barcodes,” said Nobles. “This type of program is relatively new, so we basically had to develop a prototype to simulate this for nursing students in the lab.”

Nursing students will use the program to scan both the patient barcodes and medication barcodes to make sure they have the correct information. The software also simulates patient profiles where information can be added and removed and allows for printing unique barcodes for both patients and medication.

“This is a wonderful addition to our simulation labs,” said JoAnne Raatz, lecturer and lab coordinator for the School of Nursing. “I felt like we were in the Dark Ages in our lab, and now we are up-to-date. I can’t tell you how thankful I am for the work the students did on this project.”

Not only did Nobles and Ozeryansky learn more about their field, but they were also introduced to common challenges faced by nursing students.

“Before this project, I didn’t realize how much was involved in the process for nurses as far as administering medicine,” said Nobles. “So many errors can result if everything is not done right. That’s the reason many hospitals have started using programs like this.”

This project serves as the senior software engineering student presentation. The Software Engineering course, taught by Dr. Gita Phelps, is an introduction to software engineering methodologies, which addresses each phase in the life cycle of software.

“This was an excellent opportunity for us to learn and use computer coding language firsthand,” said Ozeryansky. “I plan to use this in my portfolio as I start searching for jobs.”

Two other student groups also presented their projects. Phillip Vinson, Joshua Shadwick and William Smith developed a software program for Lockerly Arboretum that stores and finds the location of trees donated, areas of interest, trails and other information.

Rob Grimes and Thomas Hughey worked with Chard Wray Food Pantry to develop a database that has the ability to add, store, edit and delete patron information.

“In this course, students meet with real-world clients to find out what they need. Their goal is to develop software that is fault-free, delivered on time, within budget and is easy to modify,” said Phelps.

For more information on the computer science program at Georgia College, call 478-445-5721.

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