Nursing Program Benefits From Bill Hannon Foundation

The HNU nursing program will soon provide students with the latest in patient simulation technology, thanks to the Bill Hannon Foundation.  Widely known for its commitment to enhancing the welfare and education of students, the Bill Hannon Foundation committed $100,000 in support of the University’s campaign to raise funds for an advanced Patient Simulation Model (PSM).  The gift from the Bill Hannon Foundation completes the $136,147 campaign and ensures that the University will have a PSM system in operation by the start of the 2011 fall semester.

Operated by computer software, the PSM, a SimMan 3G (pictured top-left; photo courtesy of Laerdal Medical), bleeds, cries, vomits, talks, blinks, convulses and goes into cardiac arrest.  Its technology measures the quality of CPR and provides real time feedback.  It even applies the appropriate physiological responses to drugs administered by the students.  In addition, its synchronized video and audio recording provides a valuable tool for critiquing mistakes and sharing the scenarios with classes.

“The new Patient Simulation Model will allow our students to develop, refine and apply knowledge and skills in a realistic clinical situation as they participate in interactive learning experiences,” said Dr. Fay L. Bower, Professor and Senior Counsel for Nursing.  Simulation-based education has become a standard in nursing education as it challenges and tests students’ clinical and decision-making skills in realistic patient care scenarios.

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