Nursing Students Develop Skills with New “HAL S3201” Patient Simulator

April 25, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Nursing students in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are gaining invaluable training using the newly enhanced and lifelike HAL S3201 Simulator which gives students the opportunity to be better prepared for clinical experiences.

“Simulation this great is essential for my education because I actually get to hear different assessment pieces that I’ve never heard before in the clinical setting,” said Trey Soza, senior nursing student. “It gives us an opportunity to get those real world experiences, before hitting the real floor.”

The New HAL S3201 Simulator has a simpler interface and advanced mobility than other patient simulators in the nursing lab.

“We are excited to have the most up-to-date technology in our patient simulators and nursing labs,” said Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Our students are prepared to provide the best care from their very first day because of the University’s commitment to having the best teaching tools.”

Hal runs on an internal power supply to allow wireless use, a portable handheld tablet to operate it from multiple locations, and a hands-free microphone for speech and listening. Students will be able to begin using the simulator later this semester.

Students can connect the simulator to medical equipment such as ventilators, ECG, oxygen saturation monitors, blood pressure cuffs, defibrillators or external cardiac pacemakers to simulate fundamental nursing advancing to Intensive Care scenarios. Follow up scenarios allow students to evaluate their own progress with guidance from faculty at the end of clinical rotations.

“It is really hard to teach a student how to take care of a person when you’re using a rubber mannequin,” said Julie Fomenko, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing. “With the new technology, we can set HAL up so he sounds like a real patient, he responds to what they are doing to him. It makes it a little more life-like for the students.”   

The University received funding for this project from the Hugh A. Kennedy Foundation.