UNCW nursing students use mannequin simulators in the classroom

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Some nursing students at UNCW took part in a day-long Obstetrics Boot Camp Wednesday.

"Noelle" joined the class for the day to create a life-like mother giving birth to her newborn baby "HAL."

Noelle is a new computerized mannequin who can simulate a birth from start to finish.  Many of the nursing students worked with Noelle and computerized babies for 8 straight hours.

Each mannequin was hooked up to a computer controlled by an instructor who could make a baby turn blue, or make a mother give birth.

The mannequins provide the students with a simulated live interactive experience with realistic heart and breath sounds, vocal responses and movement.

Students were able to view fetal heart rate and uterine contraction patterns on a monitor and carry out appropriate nursing care according to information collected in real time.

Students said it was helpful to learn on something so close to the real thing.

"I'm glad we got to do it, because we'll probably react a little less when we actually see it," said nursing student Lisa Chambers.

UNCW broke ground on a new nursing school building in October 2008.  It should be finished in 2010.  That building will have even more computerized mannequins like Noelle.