Simulation is an important teaching strategy at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The use of manikins and health care scenarios allow nursing students to develop, refine, and apply knowledge and skills in a realistic clinical situation. Clinical Assistant Professor, Katherine Sell, MSN, RN, IBCLC, CNE, developed a simulation exercise for Senior 1 nursing students using Lucina, a wireless childbirth simulator made by CAE. The students who are enrolled in NRSG 447, Practicum: Nursing Care of Children and Families, assisted with the birth of a baby in the College’s maternity suite.
Dr. Gunnar Larson, DNP, RN one of the skills lab instructors, stated that the Lucina manikin, “contains integrated maternal-fetal physiology and has interchangeable parts to facilitate training on all the stages of delivery. Lucina allows a realistic and controllable birthing process for normal delivery and breech birth, as well as shoulder dystocia and eclampsia.”
When students participate in simulated care scenarios they are gaining experience, learning and practicing new skills, and developing competencies, including effective team communication, without posing a risk to a live patient.