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Seton Hall uses grant to add two simulation manikins

Monday March 24, 2014
Seton Hall University nursing student Paula Hawley works with SimJunior. Hawley is in Seton Hall’s Clinical Nurse Leader program.
Seton Hall University nursing student Paula Hawley works with SimJunior. Hawley is in Seton Hall’s Clinical Nurse Leader program.
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Seton Hall University’s College of Nursing, South Orange, N.J., has added two simulation manikins to its program, allowing students to learn basic skills as well as emergency care in a high-tech classroom setting that mirrors hospital conditions.

“These simulations replicate training that used to occur in a hospital setting,” Mary Ann Scharf, RN, EdD, associate professor and director of the university’s patient care simulation laboratories, said in a news release. “Although our nursing students are assigned for learning experiences in critical care and acute care hospital units, they are not always welcome participants in a code situation. With the manikins, we expose students to these cases in a controlled, confidence-boosting environment.”

The purchase of SimMan 3G and SimJunior by Laerdal was funded through a grant from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. The nearly $138,000 grant also funded training for Seton Hall nursing faculty.

“We at the Healthcare Foundation are acutely aware of the importance of nurses and the role they will play in healthcare in the future,” HFNJ Executive Director Marsha Atkind said in the release. “We think training nurses with manikins is crucial to their education and to preparing them for their enhanced role in delivering primary care.”


Among the features of Seton Hall’s new SimMan 3G is that the manikin can sweat, bleed, cry and urinate.
In one classroom, a group of nursing students working with SimJunior was given a simulation in which a 6-year-old child arrived in severe respiratory distress and then stopped breathing. In another room, a group of students working with SimMan was faced with the scenario of a patient having a seizure.

SimMan 3G can sweat, bleed, cry and urinate, according to the news release. It also has a pulse and its blood pressure can be monitored. SimJunior speaks and makes other sounds and its vital signs can be monitored. Seton Hall hopes to add SimMom for students studying labor and delivery nursing and SimNewB to simulate care in a neonatal unit, the news release said.


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