It figures. No sooner do I make a commitment to pay more attention to the nursing shortage than someone figures out a solution. Three schools in Marin County, CA will be using artificial patients to train on in lieu of training in a live clinical setting.
That’s right. Artificial robotic patients. Twelve of them at a cost of $300,000.
“Students can fulfill up to 25 percent of that requirement using simulation equipment. As a result, school officials estimate they will be able to accommodate a minimum of 20 percent more students.”
Hey, anything that helps the learning experience is a good thing, though I question the impact on the nursing shortage and the projections for accommodating more students. But my favorite part of this is the comment made by College of Marin president Frances White.
“We’re going to be getting a birthing mannequin that screams and everything,” White said. “I can’t wait for that.”
I don’t think any comment is necessary.