Nursing Assessment Meets Technology, comment

I currently work in a NICU where we don’t have a simulation lab but I wish we had one!!!! In my undergraduate nursing program, we used a sim lab and it was amazing!! You can actually feel the pressure and anxiety during a mock code which helps you to anticipate for a real code situation. When doing a mock code on a regular manikin it’s just not as intense to me… sometimes it seems like a goofing off situation. In my NICU, we do mock codes and ACLS scenarios on different sized infant/pediatric manikins (preemie to full term to pediatric) that only have the ability to inflate/deflate the lungs and practice cardiac compressions. Although we have an excellent team that calls out specific details of the code ie: heart rate is…, respiratory effort is…, color is…, and etc. there is nothing like the simulator manikin!! Enjoy the sim lab at your institution!!!

Original Post
August 20, 2009
Title: Nursing Assessment Meets Technology – Nursing Education, comment
I too work in a hospital with the "SIM" man, as he (the manikin) is known to us. This is a wonderful tool for everyone that comes in contact with patients. As an ICU nurse it is valuable to hone our skills and be able to react to the emergency at hand by using our nursing assessments and education. Shortly after using the SIM man during our mock code, I had to run a true code in which the MD was not available, she was at a another Code in the hospital. When I arrived to the code the pt was unresponsive still had a qrs complex on the monitor. I checked a pulse and it was absent, PEA. This simple and basic assessment was not previously done by the primary RN(disturbing I know.) However my code team mate and I began work immediately on the pt. Having the technology to train on, the nursing education and assessment skills allowed the team to complete the code and successfully resuscitate the patient. The MD was able to finally show up and thanked us for being able to use our nursing skills and quick reactions.

Original Post:
July 30, 2009
Title: Nursing Assessment Meets Technology – Nursing Education, comment
I work at an institution that received a federal grant to start up a simulation lab. This lab has three manikins that are very lifelike. One is an obstetric manikin and can simulate vaginal births. One is pediatric. The last manikin is an adult and we have sent over 1000 nurses thru this lab this year. We do ACLS scenarios and mock Code Blue. The program can be written to do anything. You can hear the lung fields and heart. When you feel the pedal area, you can even feel a pedal pulse. It is an awesome way to train students and new graduates as well as the experienced nurses. I am impressed that your institution was able to obtain a federal grant in this day and time of economic hardship to establish an innovative simulation lab. This technology is truly awesome in that it gives students who come into the nursing field having no idea about basic assessment skills, which have never experienced actually hearing a real heartbeat, or breathe sounds let alone participate in an actual code blue situation. This lab will allow the students to establish some level of comfort prior to entering the clinical area for their first encounter with real patients. Although I am sure this technology is as close to simulating a real patient as possible remembrance of those first day jitters in the clinical area is something that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Original Post:
June 4, 2009
Title: Nursing Assessment Meets Technology
I work at an institution that received a federal grant to start up a simulation lab. This lab has three manikins that are very lifelike. One is an obstetric manikin and can simulate vaginal births. One is pediatric. The last manikin is an adult and we have sent over 1000 nurses thru this lab this year. We do ACLS scenarios and mock Code Blue. The program can be written to do anything. You can hear the lung fields and heart. When you feel the pedal area, you can even feel a pedal pulse. It is an awesome way to train students and new graduates as well as the experienced nurses.

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