The End to a Great Year!

June 10th, 2013 by reling

Click the image to see our 2013 photo collage!

Thanks to everyone from the Westbrook College of Health Professions, College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Pharmacy for a fun and insightful year!  We look forward to working with you and your students in the coming 2013/2014 Academic Year.  Enjoy your summer!

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May Endings and Beginnings

May 29th, 2012 by cmorris

The month of May is a time when we say good-bye to many of our health professions students who have graduated or are heading out for clinical rotations. It is also a time when new students are arriving to begin their studies while others continue their studies during the summer semester.

Student practices the "Six Rights" of Medication Administration


Spring’s Simulations

April 30th, 2012 by cmorris

As the semester comes to a close, there has been a buzz of activity here at CSP. Students taking a variety of courses in the nursing program have taken advantage of the opportunity to hone their skills by practicing caring for patients in the simulation labs.

Medical surgical nursing students have cared for a variety of patients and have been beta testing Lippincott’s new Docucare Electronic Health Record.

"Marilyn Hughes" (aka 3G) awaits the arrival of nursing students.

Students taking a health education course were given teaching assignments. Community members were kind enough to volunteer to be the client who would benefit from working with a nurse educator.

An actor from the community volunteered to help nursing students practice their teaching skills.

Nursing students taking an assessment course were recorded as they performed a head to toe assessment. The recordings were placed on Blackboard (UNE’s Web-based Learning Platform) so that the students could review and evaluate their performance.

Nursing students in the simulation labs demonstrating their head-to-toe assessment skills.

Sophomore nursing students were introduced to simulation. Each student had the chance to feel pulses, count respirations and take the blood pressure of one of two mannequins (SimMan Classic or Gaumard’s Susie).

Susie joined SimMan Classic on the Biddeford campus to meet with sophomore nursing students.

Nurse Anesthesia students continued to practice induction and emergence during open practice lab time and designated simlab skills labs.

MSNA students practice "emergence" with their post-op patient.

Physical Therapy student teams practiced working with a client with mobility issues. Also pictured below is a team of PT students who came to the sim lab to take photos for a Physical Therapy skills textbook.

Physical Therapy student photo shoot.

PT faculty member plays the role of a client so students can practice their skills.

Simulation Semester

March 30th, 2012 by cmorris

Our Simulated Baby Shower was a fun way to introduce the new Gaumard simulation family to faculty and friends. Balloons and cake added to the festive atmosphere which brightened a dreary February day. Since that time Adult Hal, Susie and Newborn Hal have provided many learning opportunities to students in a variety of programs including nursing, nurse anesthesia, pharmacy and osteopathic medicine. Students from the physician assistant program booked their own time with the new mannequins to hone their assessment skills. Check out the photos below for a preview of the variety of simulation sessions that occurred these last couple of months.

Nursing students are introduced to Hal.

MSNA students spend time with Hal practicing induction.

Susie is invited to COM.

Pharmacy students assess Hal and 3G's lung sounds.

Newborn Hal meets nursing faculty and participates in Maternity class simulations.

Nursing students with Pediatric Hal

PA student, with Ryan, practicing on her own time.

You can see there has been a lot going on around here but the activity is not all focused around the mannequins. Our volunteer actors (thanks to UNE staff, faculty and students from McAuley High School) were busy working with social work students participating in simulations that provided opportunities to practice counseling a “family” in crisis.

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New Year, New Faces

January 19th, 2012 by cmorris

Our new family: Suzie, Hal and Baby Hal

It is with great excitement that we share the wonderful news about our ever-expanding family of high-fidelity simulators.  Thanks to some capital funding, the Clinical Simulation Program was able to acquire three Gaumard simulators: Advanced Airway Hal, Susie and Newborn Hal.  This new equipment will allow our labs to serve more students and faculty, and brings diversity to simulation scenarios.

The Susie simulator is our first female high fidelity simulator.  No more unconvincing, broad shouldered “lady” in lab: we now have a real fake woman.  Major features that Susie brings to the table are: interchangeable breasts with a variety of tumors and growths; multiple palpable pulses, auscultation sounds and reactive eyes.

Advanced Airway Hal is our first non-white simulator; it is so great to see simulator manufacturers helping educators to bring ethnic and cultural components to simulation.  In addition, Hal has a greater level of control with his airway and lungs: he has adjustable inspiratory and expiratory times, as well as a greater range of lung compliance.  Soon to be tested will be his drug recognition system: here’s hoping it works flawlessly and allow learners to get rapid feedback on their treatment.

And, of course, the baby.  Newborn Hal is a perfect little bundle of cuteness, if you think robots are cute.  As a smaller and wireless baby simulator, he adds realism to scenarios: mommy and daddy can hold and care for him, along with student learners.  He has a replaceable umbilical that can be cut, pulses (umbilical, brachial, fontanael) and chest rise.  By far the coolest feature, though, is his muscle tone: his arms will move, go limp or spasm.  It is pretty wild to hold a robot baby that cries and wiggles in your arms.

With all these new members to our family, we want to invite you all to a Baby Shower:

Come by on February 14th to say hi to our new simulators and catch up with some of our veteran manikins.

Hope everyone has a great start to the spring semester.