The College of Nursing and Public Health at Adelphi University will use a new high-fidelity birthing simulator to train nursing students. Adelphi University is the first school on Long Island to use Gaumard’s high-fidelity birthing manikin, Victoria, as part of their simulation lab.
Students will use Victoria to run through scenarios involving early-pregnancy complications, high-risk deliveries, and postpartum emergencies. Victoria, along with her full-term infant manikins, will help the students apply what they have learned in the classroom and practice their clinical and critical thinking skills. This type of training will help them be better prepared to handle these cases when they appear in the real world.
According to a statement by Adelphi University: “[Students will use Victoria to practice a] full range of obstetrical events to facilitate teamwork and deepen critical thinking skills in learners of all levels”.
Adelphi University is no stranger to simulation-based training. The university has a robust simulation lab and training facilities where students practice a broad range of nursing skills on a large selection of manikins. The simulation lab blends classroom work with hands-on education in an attempt to improve the students’ critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills.
Time spent practicing in the simulation lab also helps make up for any gaps in the students’ clinical experiences. Although a student can spend hours working with real patients during clinical hours, they may never encounter certain low-frequency, high-risk ailments.
Moreover, in recent years medical and nursing schools have had to cut back clinical hours due to a shortage of clinical sites. Time spent in the simulation lab guarantees that students gets the chance to treat every ailment they might encounter so they will be ready to provide the best care possible in the real world.
Victoria is not the first Gaumard manikin to join Adelphi University’s simulation lab. Students also use Gaumard’s Susie manikin during gynecology training and HAL during prehospital nursing and trauma care.