Gift will update Francis Birthing Suite
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“There are newer manikins with higher levels of realism and diversity to meet the needs of our students,” says Vanderzwan. “By replacing these, we can provide a more immersive simulation experience.”
The gift will allow the college to purchase manikins with a range of skin tones, creating a more diverse manikin pool. Plans also include upgrading computer software used to run simulations, and adding task trainers, which simulate a wide variety of fetal presentations and will aid the midwifery faculty.
Vanderzwan says the Francis Suite is one of the college’s highest traffic simulation suites. It’s not just used by midwifery students but is versatile enough to be used in an array of simulations for pre-licensure students as well.
“lf we have more of these manikins, we can run more sims simultaneously and fully utilize our lab to its maximum potential,” Vanderzwan says.