Students in the Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program at Park University have a new way to learn with the addition of a hands-on birthing simulator.
|Sophomore nursing students Sarah Holthaus (left) and Andrea Gonzales work with Noelle, while Lisa Sneed, assistant professor of nursing, runs the simulation in the background.|
Noelle, a computer-controlled mannequin, recently was added to the program at the University's Parkville Campus. Noelle can mimic many areas necessary for patient care. She can have blood pressure, oxygen saturation, IV access and other features, as well as give birth. A faculty member controls the experience from a computer and can introduce complications to allow the students to think through processes and deliver the appropriate nursing care.
Gerry Walker, D.H.Ed., nursing program chair and assistant professor, said the addition of Noelle is a stepping stone for Park's program and represents a significant commitment by the University to purchase the equipment.
"Over the last few years, we have experienced fewer and fewer students who have had an opportunity to participate in the birth of a baby," Walker said. "If the student is in the room during a birth, they are strictly an observer and not a very close one. Noelle provides the nursing student a hands-on, instructor-facilitated birthing experience."
Lisa Sneed, assistant professor of nursing, developed the simulation for the NU 265 (Clinical Nursing Practice Applications) course. The simulation provides students a 12-hour comprehensive experience. Sneed has developed case scenarios, medical records, organized the learning environment and designed preparation activities.
"She has incorporated multiple learning methodologies, including virtual learning environments, computer-generated assessment environments, video and hands-on practice," Walker said.
Walker added when Park students enter a simulation environment they are expected to be the registered nurse caring for patients.
"Their experience with Noelle will give them practice in assuming the RN role and assessing critical information associated with the case scenario," she said.
For more information about Noelle or the Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program, contact Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or (816) 584-6359.