SIC purchases OB simulator with grant help

SIC purchases OB simulator with grant help
Midge Beal (left) and Pam Barnes (right), take care of the newborn baby during the simulation training. (Source: Southeastern Illinois College)
Midge Beal (left) and Pam Barnes (right), take care of the newborn baby during the simulation training. (Source: Southeastern Illinois College)

HARRISBURG, IL (KFVS) - The nursing program at Southeastern Illinois College has purchased a new obstetrical (OB) simulator, the Noelle birthing simulator, to train students for birthing situations.


SIC was able to secure a Delta Regional Authority grant of about $32,000 toward the purchase of the Noelle simulator for use with nursing programs with the help of the Southeastern Illinois Regional Planning & Development Commission.


The Noelle simulator gives the instructor the ability to manipulate different birthing situations and tracks the student's actions during the scenarios. During the simulation, the instructor can complicate the scenario so that the student can learn how to react and adapt under those conditions.


The Noelle simulator joins the pediaSIM, a pediatric simulator that is a reproduction of a 6-year-old child, and the METIman simulator that is a full-size adult male.


The simulator can also be used for workforce training. Earlier in March, Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado sent employees to gain knowledge by training with the Noelle simulator. This in-service was to review basic and common complications of maternal and newborn care for the hospital's emergency nurses.


For further information on the Nursing program at SIC, contact Jim Butler at 618-252-5400 ext. 2325 or jim.butler@sic.edu.

 

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