Nursing Seminar Brings Dummy to Life

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

March 10, 2006

He talks, he breaths, and he has a heart beat but he's not human. "Hooman," as he is called, is one of the simulated dummies that the University of Virginia School of Nursing uses to simulated humans so the nurses can get a real life feel.

During the two-day seminar students and nurses in the field participated in the first statewide class involving simulation. Officials said it's not just about improving nurses education.

"The ultimate reason we're trying to improve how we teach our students is for patient safety. That is the ultimate reason why we're in the profession [and] we need to keep that in the forefront," said Reba Moyer Childress, the UVa Director of Clinical Learning.

Today ended the two-day virtual reality seminar.

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