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Nursing students Sara Bandish of Moorestown, N.J., and Crystal Gilmore-Hope of Rock Hill with one of the College of Nursing’s new state-of-the-art manikins, for use in the college’s Clinical Simulation Lab.
Nursing students Sara Bandish (left) and Crystal Gilmore-Hope with a 'patient.'

College of Nursing's CSL uses high-tech 'patients'

The University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing has opened the door to a new group of patients who are helping students learn routine procedures and special skills for patient care before their training moves to hospitals and clinic settings.

The patients also are helping nursing students develop their abilities to prioritize care and make sound, rapid decisions.

For example, a patient declares, “I feel like I could die.”

The desperate-sounding voice of the patient would grab attention in any ER or on any hospital floor. But in the Clinical Simulation Lab (CSL) at the College of Nursing, it’s a high-fidelity manikin uttering this phrase, and “he” is getting a great deal of attention from students and faculty.

The CSL manikins are malleable and can be programmed to have myriad health problems. The student interaction with these lifelike “patients” helps students develop critical-thinking skills and hone their adeptness handling routine procedures – shots, problem identification and intervention and taking blood pressure – that can intimidate new nurses. As students progress through the program, the clinical scenarios increase in complexity as well therefore, serving the students at all educational levels.

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