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Dummies will help train nurses

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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Life-like computerized medical mannequins, like this adult version, will be used in Barton's new Clinical Simulation Center for training nursing and EMT students. A $250,000 state grant will help fund the training center, which will be in full swing by the end of this year.

To deal with a local shortage of nurses, a clinical simulation center has been proposed to deal with the problem of not having enough clinical time for students to spend with real patients in hospitals or other health care facilities.

Of a recently allocated $750,000 to fund simulation centers in rural areas, South Lake Tahoe was awarded one third of those funds for such a facility.

Barton HealthCare System, Lake Tahoe Community College and Sierra College in Rocklin joined forces and applied for one of the three $250,000 grants and were recently notified that they have been awarded the money. One requirement of the state grant was that a two-year college, a four-year college and a hospital be part of the collaborative.

The Clinical Simulation Center will be set up at Barton University, a two-story building owned by the hospital that is located on Emerald Bay Road behind Nik-N-Willies Pizza.

The deadline for prospective students to apply for Sierra College’s on-line Nursing School is Oct. 13. Classes begin in January.

The center has three new computerized medical mannequins, in adult, infant and pediatric life sizes, allowing students to get real-time experience.

These highly sophisticated mannequins blink, speak and breathe. They have heartbeats and pulses and directly mirror human responses to such procedures as CPR, intravenous medication, ventilation and catheterization. Their programmed systems include cardiovascular, pulmonary, pharmacological, metabolic and neurological.

For details on Sierra College’s on-line Nursing School, call (916) 781-6220.

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