A new addition to La Salle's nursing program is attracting a lot of attention these days. The new "patient" is the High-Fidelity Simulator, a technologically-advanced, computerized mannequin in the Learning Resource Center. The mannequin provides a novel teaching method for nurses and other clinicians to learn skills, gain experience, and develop abilities in both routine and emergency situations, i.e., cardiac arrest.
La Salle Nursing, among many top flight schools offering the advanced technology in its graduate and undergraduate programs, will build clinical scenarios that students may encounter in actual nursing environments. Faculty will learn more about the uses of the new technology during November.
Simulation technology has been an effective educational tool that has resulted in significant improvement for teaching in clinical areas, especially in training medical students, physician education, and in research. According to Mary Lou Gies, BSN, MSN, coordinator of the Nursing Learning Center, the new simulator "has added a new dimension to the scope of our clinical training."
(Pictured: Mary Lou Gies and La Salle Nursing Student