Seton Hall University purchased two simulation manikins – Laerdal’s SimMan 3G and SimJunior – for its nursing program, with a $138,000 grant from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. The manikins will help nursing students learn basic nursing skills and emergency care in a high-tech classroom setting that mirrors actual hospital conditions. The grant will also be used for faculty training.
“We at the Healthcare Foundation are acutely aware of the importance of nurses and the role they will play in healthcare in the future,” said HFNJ Executive Director Marsha Atkind. “We think training nurses with manikins like SimMan 3G and SimJunior is crucial to their education and to preparing them for their enhanced role in delivering primary care.”
For example in one recent simulation a group of nursing students responded to SimJunior, playing the part of a six-year-old child who arrived in severe respiratory distress and then stopped breathing. The students called a “code” and started chest compressions. When the child started gurgling and crying, the students knew their care was successful. In another, students working with SimMan faced a scenario where a patient was having a seizure. They assessed his condition, noting his dilated pupils, sweating, shaking and rising blood pressure – and then administered anti-seizure medication and the crisis ended.
“These simulations replicate training that used to occur in a hospital setting,” said Mary Ann Scharf, the director of the university’s patient care simulation laboratories. “Although our nursing students are assigned for learning experiences in critical care and acute care hospital units, they are not always welcome participants in a code situation. With the manikins, we expose students to these cases in a controlled, confidence-boosting environment.”
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