USI simulator preps nursing students for crises

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The University of Southern Indiana is using mannequin-like clinical simulators to give nursing students lessons in what it’s really like caring for patients in emergency situations.

Christine Thompson coordinates the Evansville campus’ simulation center, which has three SimMan patient simulators, each with its own hospital bed.

The computer-controlled simulators are attached to heart monitors and other equipment, depending on what the simulation is that particular day.

Thompson tells the Evansville Courier & Press (http://bit.ly/IbuY3Q ) that classroom learning is great but the simulators provide nursing students with practice that will help them when they’re “doing very important things with real people.”

She says that working with the simulators in situations mimicking cardiac arrest or other health emergencies and gives students important experience before they enter the workforce.

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Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, http://www.courierpress.com

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