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Nursing simulator
April 10, 2017 : Nursing program receives new Apollo simulator

Ohio University Chillicothe nursing students held a reveal party for their newest addition to the nursing skills lab – Les Payne.


Mr. Payne, whose new name was revealed by campus Dean, Dr. Martin Tuck, is a high fidelity, human patient Apollo simulator for the nursing skills lab at OUC.


This learning tool, a highly advanced computerized mannequin, simulates real-life scenarios for all levels of nursing students through interactive means such as breathing, blinking, talking, vital signs and more.


“One of the things that’s great about our simulator is that it allows students to perform skills in a safe, learning environment that they are free to make mistakes that don’t jeopardize lives,” said Ronald Vance, Associate Director of the School of Nursing. “So, we’re able to take what they’re learning in the classroom into hands-on work and through simulator feedback, they can see what’s going on with the patient and what type of treatment plan should be given, all in a safe environment.”  


The simulation mannequin is just one of many upgrades to the nursing lab recently that sets the stage for success of current OUC nursing students. Over the last year, there have been six new beds added as well as head walls that provide a setting similar to what hospitals have.


“Before you can actually go into a hospital as a nurse, you need to have the necessary skills to do the job and also possess faith in your ability to perform those tasks,” said Deidre Davitt, a nursing student at OUC. “This simulator gives us the opportunity to do the things we need to do in order to be confident when we go out to do our jobs in the future.”


Students got hands on experience earlier this week as they were tested on a bio-terrorism scenario using the Apollo simulator. Nursing skills lab students responded to the patient as he talked to them through the microphone, responded to their treatments and gave feedback through the vitals monitor and with his breathing.


“This is the first simulator that can actually respond and we can see him getting better because of our treatment,” said Davitt. “It’s very interactive and extremely helpful in ensuring we become better nurses.”


Students at all levels of the nursing program will get exposure to Les Payne during their time in at OUC. This ensures that students have access to quality educational experiences that enrich their learning and set them up for success in the future.