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San Jacinto College
News Release
Tuesday, December 06, 2011

San Jacinto College receives state’s first Laerdal SimJunior for nurse training


PASADENA, Texas — San Jacinto College's family is now complete - Sim family, that is.


The newest arrival of two Laerdal SimJunior mannequins will allow Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) certified nurse assistant (CNA) students to have their own Sim model to use for training purposes. The College’s nursing programs, located at each of the three campuses, already have a complete collection of Sim training mannequins consisting of adult men, adult women, child-sized, and infant-sized mannequins. However, the new units will ensure that more students receive vital training in the area of pediatrics.


"Many medical care providers have limited experience with pediatric emergencies," said Mary Smith-Hill, director of health occupations for CPD. "SimJunior will help our students prepare in this area, and in result, become better in assisting patients while working in the medical field."


The Laerdal SimJunior features a scalable format that allows instructors to customize training to their needs, automatic debriefing, pre-programmed and customizable scenarios. The mannequin is designed by Laerdal with the American Academy of Pediatrics to meet the education and training needs of health care providers.


"Students will actually be required to perform all of the technical steps with this mannequin that they will have to perform on a real person," said Smith-Hill. "The operator of the Sim can create spontaneous reactions to test students on their response."


Each SimJunior, valued at about $40,000, was funded by a Texas State Technical College (TSTC) grant. Smith-Hill said the units would be used for both credit and noncredit courses.


"Because Mary was aggressive at keeping at the forefront of simulation education, San Jacinto College students are now the first in the state to train on the newest version SimJunior," said Sam Rhudy, field service engineer with Laerdal Medical.


San Jacinto College’s CNA program enjoys strong partnerships with surrounding hospitals. Each semester, approximately 80 percent of the graduates interview with medical facilities, including private and long term care facilities, according to Smith-Hill.


Employment of CNAs is expected to grow 18 percent by 2018, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment for nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants will grow even faster in response to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population.


For more information about the CNA program at San Jacinto College, call 281-476-1838.


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 more than 50 years. The College, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. Our graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.


For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit, or follow us on Facebook at


Photo: Mary Smith-Hill, director of health occupations for Continuing and Professional Development at San Jacinto College, works with Laerdal representatives Sam Rhudy and Mandi Meenan on the College’s new Sim mannequin. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College marketing department.

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