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SIT’s nursing students are able to practise their skills on “real life” patients as part of the institute’s new nursing simulation suite, comlpeted as part of the half a million dollar upgrade of the nursing school which features state-of-the-art high fidelity simulators designed to act like humans.

The new human patient simulators feature in the simulation centre with one valued at $130,000, the only one of its type in nursing schools in NZ. “They can bleed and talk,” says Nursing faculty head Maree Howden.  “You can place IV lines, catheters and nasogastric tubes in them, and they can respond to resuscitation attempts. They provide invaluable real-life experiences for students’ learning.”

Students learn and practise all nursing clinical skills from patient hygiene, lifting and wound care to communication scenarios, management of emergency scenarios, post-operative care and nursing assessments.    “We want the students to achieve competence and safety in nursing clinical skills and clinical judgement, and the registered nurses are able to undertake this to an advanced level with the new suite”, Ms Howden confirmed.

SIT Nurse Educator Andrea Knowler worked closely with local industry to confirm the types of clinical skills needing emphasis in SIT training and to ensure the appropriate layout of the facilities.   “We have invested in new equipment to ensure that our students are working with the latest in technology – technology that can be found in acute and primary health settings.  We have acquired new otoscopes, auroscopes, vision testing equipment and vital signs equipment, among other things.”

The new suite is used by students in the Bachelor of Nursing and Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science, as well as those in the Diploma in Enrolled Nursing and pre-entry nursing programmes.

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