The Baylor family welcomed the "Sim-Family" of high-fidelity patient simulators at the open house and dedication ceremony of the Don A. and Ruth Buchholz Simulation Lab at Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing on Oct. 15.
"The generosity of more than 70 donors brought this important hands-on learning tool to Baylor University nursing students. To our lead donors, Don and Ruth Buchholz, thank you for lending your name to our simulation lab and for your generous gift," said Baylor Interim President David E. Garland, who also serves as dean of George W. Truett Theological Seminary. "I'm proud that the Baylor family brought the 'Sim-Family' to reality and made this state-of-the art lab possible."
The six simulator "manikins" are so realistic that they have pulses and breathe, functions that can be controlled and changed by instructors, thus complicating a simulation. Relying on their own nursing experiences as inspiration for programming the simulators with "real-life" scenarios, nursing faculty benefit from a lab where they can provide their students a safe environment to practice medical procedures and test their decision-making skills.
"The Buchholz Simulation Lab is one example of how we are meeting the demands in this changing industry. Through simulation technology, we are helping train the next generation of practitioners so that they are ready when called upon to lead in the field of health care," said Dr. Judy Lott, dean of the nursing school.