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New simulation laboratories may lead to better-trained healthcare professionals



By Christina Hadley
Posted August 18, 2010 01:45 PM

New simulation laboratories may lead to better-trained healthcare professionals
New simulation laboratories may lead to better-trained healthcare professionals
In an effort to improve interactive opportunities for students who are pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing, some academic institutions are adding simulation laboratories to their campuses that feature enhanced medical equipment.

Recently, California-based Grossmont College used $35 million in funding to build a facility that will house new simulation laboratories for individuals who are enrolled in various healthcare management degree programs. The school created the new addition in order to give students a chance to practice procedures on wireless patient mannequins, which portray life-like medical problems.

In addition to benefiting future nurses, laboratory staff can better train those who are looking to enter related fields, including physical science, occupational therapy, orthopedics, physics, forensic science and respiratory therapy. Students can practice medical procedures, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, medication administration, catheterization and ventilation.

"This facility is fabulous because you can run five different scenarios at one time without any disruption," said Debbie Yaddow, associate dean of nursing at the university. She added that the wireless mannequins can be "transported and [undergo] procedures such as turning and moving them onto gurneys."

Nursing is one of the fastest-growing occupations for any job market, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. In the next eight years, the employment of registered nurses is projected to increase by 22%.

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