An article coming out of News and Tribune, reports that Ivy Tech Community College is adding an one million dollar pavilion to their Sellesburg campus. The full details are below.
While his nurse was checking his vitals and monitoring his heart rate, the patient told her he was having chest pains. She picked up the phone, called a cardiologist and kept him stable until the doctor arrived.
But the patient wasn’t in any danger — it’s just a very lifelike mannequin.
Nursing students at Ivy Tech Community College will face a situation like that as early as summer 2012 as part of their clinical exams with the addition of the James W. and Phyllis A. Robinson Nursing Pavilion in its newest addition, Ogle Hall.
The pavilion will take up about 3,500 square feet and have an expected price tag of about $1 million.
Kathy Nelson, dean of the school of nursing, said with the use of the high-fidelity mannequins and realistic hospital atmosphere, students will get better training that’s more hands-on.
“If we can make it as real as possible, they can take those experiences here and use them in the real world,” Nelson said.
The space for the labs is used as regular classroom space until the simulation equipment is installed. The new pavilion will include two simulation labs with patients — either mannequins or students role-playing — in hospital beds. One of the patients will be a mother giving birth that can experience complications or give birth normally, as well as a pediatric patient.
Nelson said students will begin using the labs early in their education. She said one of the aspects the program has worked to improve is giving students experience in emergency situations.
Students will also get experience with Pyxis machines, which hospitals use to dispense medication, that use simulated meds.
Nelson said students will still spend time in real hospitals with their clinicals, but they’ll be able to take on simulated emergencies in the labs. If they were in hospitals, students would only observe the situation without getting involved.
The labs also have high-definition video cameras, so once the lab session is finished, students can learn from what they did or didn’t do in their simulated situations by watching footage.
Terry Nolot, vice chancellor for enrollment services, said students will benefit from the additions.
“It’s going to be a tremendous instructional resource for our nursing students,” Nolot said. “It also greatly advances our instructional technology for our health care work force.”
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