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October 7, 2011

The Camosun College Foundation thanks Telus, the Sisters of St. Ann and nursing alumnus Robin Bridge for their combined donations toward the purchase of a $36,000 wireless “METIman” - a computerized human patient simulator used to train health care students.

The Telus Victoria Community Board donated $18,000 toward the simulator, while the Sisters of St. Ann provided $10,000 and alumnus Robin Bridge, RN, contributed $5,000. The donations are part of Camosun’s plans to enhance its health care training labs and provide more practice skills opportunities to health care students at all levels.

The METIman is a human-like simulator that is fully wireless with a web-based interface. It is operated by touch screen medical scenario software that generates virtual medical situations (from routine to life-threatening), including adult emergency care, medical, surgical, mental health and community health care scenarios.

SIM experiences help students practice in controlled learning environments

“Our ‘SIM’ experiences allow students the opportunity to practice care in a safe and controlled environment, before beginning their on-site hospital practicums,” says Camosun’s Dean of Health and Human Services Barbara Herringer. “We are incredibly grateful to all of our generous donors for helping Camosun provide this critical piece of teaching equipment to our students.”

“The METIman is an important technology advancement in the training of young nursing students which we enthusiastically support,” says Mel Cooper, Chair of the TELUS Victoria Community Board.

“Our contribution represents the continuing commitment of The Sisters of St. Ann to high quality health care education, pioneered since 1876 by our Sisters at St. Joseph’s Hospital,” says Sister Marie Zarowny, SSA, Province Leader of The Sisters of St. Ann.

Over 800 nursing students train each year at Camosun

(l-r) Camosun Dean of Health & Human Services Barbara Herringer with Telus representatives Mel Cooper, Maureen Duncan, Gina Pecorelli and Ray Lawson, GM Vancouver Island.

More than 800 Camosun nursing and practical nursing students will have the opportunity to train on the simulator this year, along with 180 third-year University of Victoria Nursing students and more than 50 Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) employees who require professional development refresher training on an annual basis.

“Camosun focuses on patient-centred, interdisciplinary nursing practice,” adds Herringer. “Our simulation lab helps nursing and continuing care students at all levels. Overall it makes the students’ transition from classroom to real-life practice environments much smoother. Our faculty also observe that students who use the simulators more easily grasp critical thinking methodologies and are generally more confident, competent and prepared to handle patient care situations.”

“These simulators are moving our School into a new era,” adds Herringer. “We have a vision for a new centre that includes not only a more spacious and contemporary state of the art facility for students, faculty and staff, but also innovative uses of technology and interprofessional practice.”

Camosun offers 18 different health care programs

Camosun College’s School of Health and Human Services offers 18 health and human service-related programs and trains more than 1,300 nurses, licensed practical nurses, community health care workers and health care assistants every year. Students who plan to be registered nurses (RN) in this region are required to take their first two and a half years at Camosun before transferring to the University of Victoria to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

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Michelle Tinis
Communications & Advancement
Camosun College

Last updated: November 25, 2016 9:26 am

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