CVTC Nursing students Natalie Miranda, left, of Lakeland, Minn. and Bethany Geske of Menomonie do a head-to-toe assessment on a simulation mannequin at the new simulation lab at the River Falls campus. In this scenario, simulated patient exhibits signs of bulimia. The new lab greatly expands the hands-on training the students receive.
When nursing students at Chippewa Valley Technical College’s (CVTC’s) River Falls campus are working on a training scenario with one of the college’s high-tech simulation mannequins, they can rely only on their own knowledge and instincts. There’s no glancing over at an instructor in search of a nod of approval for a chosen course of action.
The instructor is watching from a separate room, behind glass that students cannot see through. She listens, observes and controls the simulator to react accordingly to what the students do — good or bad.
“This is more realistic than it was before,” said student Anna Hinde, originally from Barron. “We are able to have some hands-on, real-life experiences.”