Simulation Lab to help Clearfield County Nursing students

Clearfield, Clearfield County, Pa. - Monday Penn Highlands Clearfield Hospital held a ribbon cutting for a new simulation lab. Lock Haven Nursing Students began to access to the lab back in the 2017 fall semester.

The lab is housed within the Clearfield hospital and gives the students access to all the same equipment as employed nurses. The bed units are equipped with high-tech mannequins. They have the ability to simulate a pulse, breathing, and moving just like real people. 

School and Penn Highlands officials say it allows the future nurses to experience real life symptoms and scenarios they'd only experience in emergency rooms. 

the students will be able to experience everything from flu shots to cardiac arrests without the risks of having real patients. 

A Lock Haven Nursing student, Emily Hibbler, says the lab allows her to become more comfortable with potentially life-threatening moments. "It's a good opportunity for trial and error. You can mess up with these guys and there are less severe consequences than if it were with an actual patient."

Currently, there are about 50 students who will use the lab. Lock haven hopes to eventually expand the lab for their other programs, and possibly for training to emergency services within the community. 

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