The job function of nurses has been expanding far beyond tasks involving traditional bedside care. Layers of new responsibilities involve managing increasingly complex patient care requirements. Caring for an aging population. Learning and using medical technologies. Adhering to patient privacy and safety rules. Making critical decisions on the spot. These new layers require a higher level of knowledge and training.
As nurses’ roles expand and patients rely more and more on nursing care, they become a more critical part of an integrated health care team. But while demand for such versatile nurses is high, their supply is critically low. That means the nursing education they receive becomes all the more crucial.
In the area of nurse education, technology is helping improve training effectiveness—and empower nurses to deliver better care—through the use of high-fidelity simulation labs, like those found at Standard Healthcare Services Inc., College of Nursing. When used in conjunction with clinicals and classroom instruction, the labs can help produce safer, more efficient, more confident nurses.
This Simulation Lab enable our students to gain a tremendous amount of experience by doing procedures and then observing their impact without compromising the health and safety of human patients.
The simulation suite consists of 2 labs, each with a focus on a specific set of nursing skills: medical/surgical, health assessment, maternal/child and critical care. The labs are peer taught and overseen by trained nurses.
The lab allow students to acquire the full range of skills needed for nursing, ranging from drawing blood and hanging an IV bag to delivering babies and preparing toddlers for surgery. Mannequins include Noelle, a woman who gives birth, and newborn Hal, who breathes, cries and is programmed to respond physiologically to students’ interventions.