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Media Contact: Tia McCollors 20 February 2004    
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Jowers Lecture Focuses on Use of Simulators in Teaching Nurses
As the patient's vital signs drop and he enters cardiac arrest, a room of nursing students try to determine the appropriate measures to save his life. The right decision could prevent death. Make the wrong decision, and the patient will continue to deteriorate.

In the real world, a nurse may have one chance. But at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, the scenario can be played out with a human patient simulator. There is an opportunity for second, even third chances, with the use of the SimMan mannequins like the ones being used at Emory.

The use of human simulators as teaching aids for advanced practice education in nursing is the focus of the school's annual David Jowers Lecture. This year's lecture and workshop series, entitled Patient Simulation in Nursing Education: Past, Present and Future, will be held March 17-18.

Carol Fowler Durham, RN, MSN, will deliver the Jowers Lecture, which focuses annually on patient care, safety and the improvement of practice. Durham is a clinical associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Nursing and director of their Clinical Education and Resource Center. Durham will train nursing educators on how to use the human simulator mannequins and to incorporate simulation into nursing curriculum.

Following Durham's lecture, participants will rotate through workshops in the nursing school's Evans Center for Caring Skills. The center is equipped with two state-of-the-art SimMan human simulator mannequins. SimMan has the ability to mimic physical features from an actual patient, allow for performance of invasive procedures, and to respond to various medications in a realistic physical setting. If appropriate treatment for an illness is administered, the model will simulate recovery. However, if students don't follow the correct course of action, the model will continue to deteriorate.

Depending on the education levels of their students, nursing instructors can program the case scenarios to be as simple or as advanced as necessary. Patient simulation workshops during the Jowers lecture will teach instructors how to prepare nursing students from novice to advanced practice to care for rapidly deteriorating patients.

The participants will be able to identify appropriate uses of various types of simulation, discuss the advantages and limitations of using SimMan as a teaching aid, describe how students can interact with SimMan on a rapidly deteriorating patient, and demonstrate how to use the simulator for practicing emergency codes.

The SimMan human simulator is equipped with pre-programmed case scenarios that can be used or modified for the instructor's use, or original simulation experiences can be created. The registration deadline for the David Jowers lecture is March 11, 2004. The lecture begins at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 with workshop sessions held from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Priority for Wednesday's workshops are given to participants not associated with Emory nursing school. Thursday morning workshops take place from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. for the School of Nursing faculty. The complimentary workshop includes lunch and refreshments.

For more information, contact Barbara Locus-Maffett at (404) 727-8421 or

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