Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg once said, “College isn’t for everyone, but education is.” Career and technical education (CTE), once known as vocational training, doesn’t carry the negative connotation that it once did. Proof of this new reality is the growing wave of CTE programs popping up in high schools across the United States.
Career and technical education is the practice of teaching skills-based careers to students in middle school, high school, and post-secondary institutions. Health science programs give younger students a head start by teaching them basic skills in high-demand fields before they reach college age, giving them a jump start towards a successful career in medical fields, such as nursing, pharm tech, physical therapy, health informatics, diagnostic services, and much more.
The current nursing shortage coupled with the emergence of these new programs at the high school level has led to the development of several cutting-edge simulation product solutions that enable instructors to teach basic healthcare skills in a safe, non-invasive manner.
Simulation Technology Solutions
The following realistic and effective simulation technology solutions from Pocket Nurse® will help enhance any CTE or post-secondary healthcare education program.
The GlucoSIM™ is a nurse-designed programmable simulated glucometer. It is a realistic assessment tool for the simulation environment. This product is user friendly and has the look and feel of a real glucometer. The instructor can program the desired results into the device. Students can then use GlucoSIM with a standardized participant (SP) or manikin to learn the proper steps to use a glucometer for measuring blood sugar.
BPSim from KbPort
The current process of teaching blood pressure measurement carries some uncertainty regarding the learner’s level of comprehension. Most students are young and healthy and typically will report blood pressure measurements in the normal range when they train on their fellow students. The BPSim blood pressure simulator from KbPort allows instructors to program any range of blood pressure readings and design simulation scenarios to educate students on proper treatment in a safe and efficient way. The instructor is able to monitor the learner’s progress and identify areas for improvement.
SimVS is a powerful learning application that can help instructors and learners create realistic simulation experiences from the simplest to the most complex using connected tablets for monitor interfaces. This product line is designed to reduce the cost and complexity of simulation. The platform allows instructors to run complex scenarios with either standardized participants or low-fidelity manikins. SimVS bundles include a defibrillator, hospital monitor, and simulated mechanical ventilator, allowing simple, safe, and effective education across these different skills without having to separately purchase multiple items.
Neal Andrus is Account Manager for the Mid/Central region of the United States. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.