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Grant in Action: Real-life patient scenarios made possible

Training opportunities benefit future nurses

Learning is being enhanced thanks to simulated real-life patient scenarios at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing Springfield Regional Campus. 

It is important for our undergraduate students to have life-like manikins with high-fidelity simulations that can simulate real-life patient scenarios to develop their critical thinking and reasoning skills. This prepares them for real life experiences.”

A $60,000 grant from MMC Foundation made it possible for the school to purchase two adult manikins, two manikins that represent a 6-year-old child and one manikin that realistically simulates a 6-month-old child.

“Undergraduate and graduate-level students are using the manikins to demonstrate basic patient care skills and performing comprehensive assessments of patients. Students are also able to implement nursing skills safely,” said Cynthia Reese, PhD, RN, CNE, clinical associate professor and Springfield campus regional director.

The manikins are complex and have numerous training capabilities, including placement and care of NG tubes; complete urinary catheterization; how to listen to anterior and posterior lung sounds, heart and bowel sounds; and infusion of fluids and medication with bilateral IV arms and central line catheter.

The adult manikins even have conscious patient characteristics like breathing and blinking eyes.

“It is important for our undergraduate students to have life-like manikins with high-fidelity simulations that can simulate real-life patient scenarios to develop their critical thinking and reasoning skills. This prepares them for real life experiences,” Dr. Reese said.

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