Two sophisticated patient simulators that can mimic human medical conditions help students gain valuable clinical experience. They provide opportunities for student nurses to practice skills with life-like reactions, without risk.
Known as SimMan, these high-tech mannequins are programmed by faculty with patient health issues such as diabetes, breathing problems and cardiac arrest to provide student nurses with realistic scenarios to which they can respond. For example, SimMan can be programmed for a cardiac arrest in which students must respond and intervene in a life-like simulation, complete with cardiac rhythms, oxygen saturation readings, and blood pressure.
We improve patient safety by simulating critical life-threatening experiences in the laboratory setting so the first time isn’t a real-life situation. Students learn to deal with anxiety, quick decision-making, and working as part of an interdisciplinary team.
Students are able to review a videotape of the scenario, review their actions, and reflect on what worked well and what could be improved. This allows the student to improve knowledge and skills while developing confidence.
The School collaborates with nursing practice at Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals to use this technology for student training, nursing orientation and continuing education.