Sim Man a Model of Simulation
Meet Sim Man. He breathes, he has a heart rate, he even appears to talk and he is the new face of CPIT’s nursing training.
Sim Man is $100,000 worth of technology that allows nursing students to gain practical supervised training without leaving campus. CPIT has other simulated models too, but Sim Man is the most advanced model.
Sim Man and his kin are essential to undergraduate nursing training according to CPIT tutor Karen Edgecombe. “Simulation is becoming recognised globally as an important teaching method, but what tends to happen is that polytechs in NZ have different equipment and we don’t talk about what we do and we don’t share resources.”
But that is about to change.
Karen is managing a collaborative project between providers of nursing training in New Zealand that will result in teaching guidelines, educator workshops and an online community to improve simulated training.
The national collaboration between Eastern Institute of Technology, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, UCOL and Auckland University of Technology, led by CPIT, has just been granted $30,000 from the Centre for National Tertiary Teaching Excellence. CPIT’s Dr Philippa Seaton is working with Karen on this project and they now have 18 months to achieve the project’s goals. After that time the project becomes self-sustaining.
“CPIT is recognised as a leading simulation training institute and as someone had to take the lead on this issue I thought it should be us. In New Zealand we are a small community, we all know each other, so why reinvent the wheel every time we want to design specific training classes with simulation?”
Karen was due to present two papers about the project at a simulation conference in Italy, but has had to postpone due to the earthquakes. However she remains excited about the project and has the full support of her Head of School Cathy Andrew and Dean of Humanities David Gough.