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NMSU College of Health and Social Services plans to upgrade nursing simulation laboratory

Monday May 5, 2014
Student nurse Gloria Sevilla, right, introduces fifth-semester nursing students to some of the oxygen equipment they will use in nursing simulation laboratories during the Preclinical Preparation Labs at the College of Health and Social Service building.
Student nurse Gloria Sevilla, right, introduces fifth-semester nursing students to some of the oxygen equipment they will use in nursing simulation laboratories during the Preclinical Preparation Labs at the College of Health and Social Service building.
(NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)
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The New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services has received $111,110 from the President’s Performance Fund to make improvements to the School of Nursing’s simulation laboratory.

“The money we received from the President’s Performance Fund is specifically designed to increase the capacity and efficiency of our simulation laboratory,” Tilahun Adera, PhD, dean of the College of Health and Social Services, said in a news release.

“When it is finished, I think the simulation lab is going to be one of the best sources of training for our students,” Adera said in the release. “The lab can simulate a hospital by using operating room light, an ICU bed, EKG monitor, crash cart, birthing bed, infant warmer, incubator, ventilator and IV pump, etc. The computerized manikins in the lab can emit heart sounds and breathing, exhibit blood pressure and other vital signs. They also can show distress, speak, cry, bleed, vomit and sweat. In short, the lab allows students to perfect procedures and learn from their mistakes without putting a real patient at risk.”


The school of nursing intends to purchase new technology, such as a simulation manikin and energy pod, and remodel facilities for the simulation labs.

School of Nursing Director and Associate Dean Pamela Schultz, RN, PhD, said the improvements are needed with the number of students in the department increasing. “We have students working with the simulation man and students watching what is going on, so there’s lots of activity, lots of movement and lots of commotion,” Schultz said in the release. “We are trying to make adjustments so it is more efficient.”

The simulation lab is set up like a hospital unit with beds and medical equipment needed to
treat patients.

“It’s state-of-the-art nursing education and medical education to use simulation,” Schultz said. “It’s a great tool to use because we have the opportunity to set up scenarios that students have to respond to. It’s a great way to help students learn about safety, decision-making and all of the things that can be difficult to teach people.”


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