Quinnipiac simulation laboratory manikins on display as part of Healthcare Simulation Week

Nursing students practicing on live simulation manikin

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o help increase awareness about the importance of simulation to the education of health care professionals, Quinnipiac's simulation laboratory will be open to members of #BobcatNation on Monday, September 16 from noon to 4 p.m., Thursday, September 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Friday, September 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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“The educational value of health care simulation within undergraduate and graduate studies continues to rise,” said Professor Lisa Rebeschi, associate dean of the School of Nursing. “Quinnipiac University remains on the cutting-edge in using simulation as a pedagogical approach in preparing professionals to provide safe, effective, and high quality patient care.”

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The interdisciplinary event, which is part of national Healthcare Simulation Week, will take place in the simulation lab on the fourth floor of the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the North Haven Campus.

Quinnipiac students and faculty members will work with several simulation manikins, including a realistically proportioned 25-week preterm manikin known as “Premature Anne,” and “Pediatric Hal,” which is touted as the world's most advanced pediatric patient simulator and the first capable of simulating lifelike emotions through dynamic facial expressions, movement and speech.

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"Quinnipiac's high quality simulation labs with realistic patient care scenarios helped me develop critical thinking skills that easily transferred into my work experiences following graduation," said Annalisa Biceglia '17. "Not only does simulation provide a safe environment for learning how to proceed in certain situations, it also reminds student nurses of the importance of treating each person holistically as individuals rather than 'patient.' "