Helping regional nurses with high tech training

December 4, 2014

Twenty-nine nurses in the Wheatbelt recently had a chance to learn the latest in simulated healthcare, with some intensive training from Murdoch University and the Murdoch Nursing Clinical Simulation Team.

Nurses from as far away as Northam, Lake Grace, Boddington, Williams and Kondinin attended simulation sessions at Narrogin Hospital.

The simulated-based learning was a joint project between Murdoch University and St John of God Murdoch Hospital, and used high fidelity mannequins that were assigned to Narrogin Hospital through Health Workforce Australia two years ago.

The SimMan 3G simulation mannequin was programmed to sweat, bleed, vomit, speak and to have airway emergencies as well as heart attacks.

The child mannequin, Mega Code Kid,  with the ability to cough, speak, groan and elicit normal or abnormal heart, bowel and lung sounds was used to practice resuscitation, and give immediate feedback to staff via laptop computers attached or a hand held computer pad.

Prue Andrus, a Murdoch University nursing lecturer who helped with the simulation training, said the event was a great success.

“The benefits of using simulation are that we can create opportunities to expose participants to the complex requirements of clinical events without harm to patients or clients,” Mrs Andrus said.

“It’s a great way to learn and we have had excellent feedback from the registered nurses, enrolled nurses and student nurses that attended our training days here at Narrogin.”

In the recent simulation labs at Narrogin Hospital, nurses were additionally able to successfully manage patients with conditions such as low blood glucose, significant blood loss after the delivery of a baby and croup in a young child.

This project was possible due to funding made available by Health Workforce Australia, an Australian Government Initiative, and is supported by the WA Department of Health.

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