Since the best hospital training comes from hands-on practice, Normandale Community College is now making use of high-tech mannequins in order to prepare nursing students for their future.
The class on hospice care is meant to teach students the fundamentals of caring for a patient in an environment where it's okay to make mistakes. While students practice on the mannequins, members of the faculty are able to look on an operate the mannequin's controls from a nearby control room. Adjustments that can be made include changes to the mannequin's vital signs, noises emitted from the mock patient's body, as well as limited speech and movement. Over the course of two years, there are more than 20 different scenarios that can be explored through this kind of dramatization.