Delaware Tech nursing students engage in real-life health scenarios through new nursing simulation lab

DOVER - Delaware Tech’s new nursing simulation lab gives students significant professional health care training and practice prior to entering the medical field.

The College – using grant funding from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware’s “BluePrints for the Community” – renovated existing space and added a five-bay simulation lab to its facility.

The lab features three medical-surgical simulation mannequins, a maternal child, and a pediatric unit. The new simulation mannequins create a realistic patient care environment for the students. Through computer programming, the mannequins can replicate any medical scenario including giving birth and cardiac arrest. Other mannequin simulated features include talking, breathing, and pulse and temperature fluctuations.

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In the lab, behind a one-way mirror, instructors use computers to run simulation scenarios with the mannequins. Meanwhile students engage the mannequins in the real-time situations chosen by the instructors.

“The mannequins allow students to practice and refine their skills in a safe, controlled environment. Before entering the workforce, they get to actually visualize and experience things that in the past, they would have only heard about in the classroom or experienced for the first time in the hospital setting,” said Jo Ann Baker, chairperson of the college’s nursing department.

Delaware Tech’s nursing program is a connected degree program. Students who graduate from the nursing program can seamlessly transfer to a BSN or MSN program.