Northumbria University trains Thai nurse trainers in use of 'SIM
14 July 2014
A delegation from Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has
visited Northumbria University, Newcastle, to learn how to use
robotic patient mannequins for use in training nurses in colleges
across the country.
Almost 80 nurse educators from colleges across Thailand are
spending two weeks at Northumbria learning how to use the
mannequins, known as ‘SIM patients’, as part of healthcare teaching.
On their return home they will share the knowledge they have gained
at Northumbria with their own nursing students and nurse educators.
SIM patient mannequins of adults, children and infants are
frequently used in healthcare teaching. The mannequins breathe, have
pulses and can display altered heart and lung rhythms. They can be
programmed to display a range of conditions, including heart
failure, stroke, asthma attack, collapsed lungs, septicaemia and
Students can then practice and perform many core skills and
emergency procedures on the SIM patients in this safe environment,
ensuring they are competent, safe and confident to deliver high
Northumbria University lecturer Dr John
Unsworth and nursing student Viliporn Runkawatt undertaking blood
pressure checks on a SIM patient
Professor Kath McCourt CBE, Executive Dean for Northumbria’s
Health and Life Sciences programmes, said: “Northumbria’s
international reputation as leaders in simulation and healthcare
education is growing at an increasing rate. We already undertake
significant partnership work in South East Asia and previously we
have welcomed healthcare professionals from Norway and Finland, as
well as this large cohort from Thailand.
“As a professional university with a practical focus, we
frequently work with leading healthcare organisations worldwide to
help them to develop the skills of their own staff. Today’s visit by
representatives from the Thai Ministry of Public Health is further
recognition of our high quality provision.
“The Director of the Ministry of Public Health was impressed by
the professional warmth and commitment to work in partnership with
the Ministry and believed new education and research activity would
be developed in the future.”
Student Viliporn Runkawatt from Nakhon-Ratchasima in north east
Thailand said: “My college has 600 nursing students and one SIM
model so this will be a great help for us. I’ve enjoyed the teaching
very much and have had big support from the lecturers.”
Northumbria’s nursing programmes have the highest student
satisfaction ratings in the UK, according to the 2013 National
Student Survey. The University was recently voted the UK’s Nurse
Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) by the Student
Nursing Times for the third year running.
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