Donors meet simulated nursing patient

April Heitfeld of the Northern Oklahoma College Enid nursing faculty explains the features of mannequin Nursing Kelly to Enid Rotary Club members, who donated funds to provide the lifelike “patient” for student training.

ENID, Okla. — Enid Rotary Club members were introduced Monday to Nursing Kelly, a remotely controlled health care mannequin used to train Northern Oklahoma College Enid nursing students.

The mannequin was purchased with a grant of more than $5,000 from Enid Rotary Club and Rotary District 5750 of Oklahoma.

The simulated patient allows nursing instructors to program it with realistic readings for the pulse, breathing, body noises and excretions of a real patient, said Cammie Bradley, NOC nursing division chair. As student nurses care for Nursing Kelly, instructors from behind a curtain can change symptoms.

Use of mannequin allows NOC to simulate and quickly train on many different medical conditions in a single day that nursing students might not encounter over many days of hospital or other practical nursing experiences, Bradley said.

About 50 students are enrolled in the nursing program at the Enid campus, and 94% of NOC nursing graduates stay in Oklahoma after graduation.

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