Nursing Students Study in Simulated Reality
Jun 02, 2010The nursing department has launched its new simulation lab in the Jones Science Center. The lab will give nursing students more hands-on experience to put their studied skills into practice.
“It allows for on-site practice in an environment that looks like the real thing,” says nursing department chair Dr. Polly Kloster.
The lab is set up like a wing of a hospital. Students can listen for interactive sounds on the manikins, check their heartbeats, listen to their lungs and practice inserting IVs. In one bay of the lab, an infant manikin needs to be resuscitated. In another bay, students work with a baby and postpartum mother manikins.
They’ll also use the lab as a resource for problem solving and additional training. Kloster says it's a way for students to experience many of the same situations they will later come across during their clinical rotations at local hospitals and clinics.
Dakota Medical Foundation and Bremer Foundation helped fund the project.
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