Technology prepares nursing students for the workforce

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November 28th, 2010

In an ever-expanding healthcare system, many nursing programs are relying on high-tech mannequins and simulation labs to prepare students for real world challenges.

The Nashua Telegraph reports that Rivier College is utilizing many of these resources in their new 1,800-square-foot expanded nursing skills simulation lab center. A former athletic training clinic, the space now has pediatric, maternity and surgical-medical labs.

Students who are pursuing nursing degrees at the school will have access to remote control mannequins that are intended to provide them with a more realistic experience. For example, while students care for a child mannequin, a nursing instructor in a separate room can lower the artificial patient’s oxygen levels.

The mannequins come equipped with wireless microphones that will allow instructors to serve as the voice of the patient. Scenarios students may encounter as they move through the program include working on a child who has suffered massive head trauma.

Following the simulations, students and their instructors will gather in a conference room to review and critique their performance.

The new facility also includes two examination rooms where students will be able to perform basic checkups on college faculty.

Schools embracing new training technology reflect a recent report from the Institute of Medicine, which concluded that nursing professionals working today should receive higher levels of education.

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