By: Paige Hubbard
Students from prairie view A&M University nursing college are getting hands-on training by operating on human-like simulators that allow them to have real-world experience without leaving the classroom.
“Being here in simulation is very helpful because we get to practice on the mannequins and we take what we learned to the real world,” said Paulphielle McQueen a nursing student at PVAMU.
Meet Super Troy- the 8-pound infant simulator that can react just like an actual infant. She looks real, feels real and with a press of a button can create any neonatal medical emergency such as seizures, cardiac arrest, and other real-life scenarios. This is the first time nursing students can practice on the technology in Houston.
“Working with the stimulation dolls such as the baby teaches you the signs and symptoms you need to look out for, the treatment plans and ways to interact with the infant, not only the infant but their parents and family members,” said nursing student Emily Ligon.
The dynamic part of the simulators is that they are diverse. Meaning they vary in shapes, colors, and sizes to resemble the patients they will be operating on once they leave the classroom. This enables them to make mistakes, learn from them and no one gets hurt.
I was able to sit down with Dr. Britton, one of the professors in the program who recalls her time as a nursing student back in the ’90s. She said it has been rewarding to watch the curriculum and recourses elevate over time.
“I went to school in the ’90s and we did not have simulators, we did go to lab and practice skills but nothing of this magnitude,” said Dr. Kesha Britton professor at the nursing college.
Prairie View A&M university produces the most diverse group of nurses in the nation. the training they receive at the at the college of nursing equips them to be their very best while learning on state-of-the-art technology.