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. Print This Post Media contact: Pepita Smyth Tel: (08) 9360 1289 | Mobile: 0417 171 551 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Tags: boddington, health workforce australia, kondinin, lake grace, mega code kid, narrogin, narrogin hospital, northam, nursing, prue andrus, simman 3g, st john of god murdoch hospital, wa department of health, williams Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!