Nursing students get hands-on practice with new technology

Bobby — or Bobbie, depending on how the animatronic mannequin is dressed — is the newest member of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s nursing department.

The patient simulator, a SimMan 3G created by medical supply company Laerdal, can talk, cough, sweat, cry, bleed, exhibit illnesses, react to medication and die, just like a flesh-and-bone patient.

It is the latest technology aimed to give nursing students a dose of what they could face in real life.…Read More

Nursing students to use iPods for treatment, exams

An iPod Touch app translates English medical questions into Spanish.

Students at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing will be able to translate patient questions from English to Spanish, run diagnostic tests, and prepare for their all-important nursing board exam with help from the Apple iPod Touch.

One hundred and eighteen students were given an iPod Touch at a Dec. 13 ceremony signaling the students’ transition from preclinical studies to clinical health sciences. The students were given white coats, per tradition, but this year, iPods were placed in the pocket of each coat, according to a UCLA release.

First-year master’s entry clinical nursing students and third-year undergraduates received iPod Touches, according to the university.…Read More