College welcomes Sim NewB to its ‘family’ of training mannequins
PASADENA, Texas – There’s a new arrival at San Jacinto College (SJC). Weighing in at 7 pounds, and measuring 21 inches long, little baby Sim NewB has joined the College’s “family” of simulated mannequins — sophisticated, life-like equipment used by nursing students to learn critical nursing procedures.
The College’s nursing programs, located at each of the three campuses, now have a complete collection of training mannequins consisting of adult men, adult women, child-sized, and infant-sized mannequins.
The different sized mannequins enable nursing students to learn specific simulated medical procedures pertinent to different sized people. The new small Sim NewB enables students to learn infant procedures, such as assessment of congenital anomalies, airway management, management of seizure activity, umbilical catheterization, various levels of newborn resuscitation, and APGAR scoring (Activity, Pulse, Grimace, Appearance, Respiration).
The cost of the training mannequins (including accessories, trainings, and warranties) ranges from $4,000 to $98,000 each, depending on the sophistication. The mannequins are funded through grants, and through the San Jacinto College Foundation’s Innovative Initiatives program, which raises funds for student success initiatives including classroom resources and equipment.
The training mannequins provide many advantages for SJC nursing students, according to Karen Malloy, the Central campus clinical simulation lab coordinator.
“The mannequins allow for simulated real-life situations with a low risk environment (no harm to patients),” Malloy commented. “They enable students to practice critical thinking, clinical decision making, communicating, and delegating.”
Some of the procedures the mannequins can simulate include airway management, intraosseous (bone) infusions, post-operative management, management of various pediatric tumors and deformities, seizure activity, pulmonary/respiratory/cardiovascular status, muscle tone, drawing blood from umbilical cords, bathing, dressing, grooming, maternal/child education techniques, nasal/oral gastric gavage/lavage, pulmonary suctioning, endotracheal intubation, and neurological assessments.
The mannequins in use at SJC are considered the most advanced currently available for training, and students such as Kristi Kendzior are glad to have access to such helpful equipment. “These mannequins are greatly appreciated because they help us nursing students learn important procedures, and make mistakes, without actually harming anyone,” she remarked.
Kendzior attended Channelview High School and now lives in Deer Park. She plans to earn an associate degree in nursing from SJC in May 2012, and then to transfer to the University of Texas, with a plan to ultimately be a school nurse. She says the nursing program at SJC is helping her to achieve her goals. “It’s a great opportunity for me, close to home and affordable,” she said.
The “hottest” allied health job market in the Houston area is registered nursing. According to a recent Gulf Coast Workforce Region report on high-skill, high-growth jobs, registered nursing is number two on the list, with a predicted growth of 47.3 percent by 2016. “The upper Gulf Coast area will need 17,000-plus nurses before 2016. We need nurses,” remarked Edna Robinson, SJC’s interim dean of health sciences.
San Jacinto College offers a wide range of one-year and two-year nursing degree options at the Central, North, and South campuses.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for nearly 50 years. We are committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s workforce training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of ever-changing industry in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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