Northwest Nazarene University is anticipating the arrival of its newest faculty member, SimMan. SimMan is a human-like learning apparatus that will provide NNU nursing students with “real-life patient care scenarios.” Purchased with a $64,500 grant from the Harry W. Morrison Foundation, SimMan will help equip NNU nursing graduates with a higher level of hands-on expertise before they encounter live-patient scenarios in the real world.
“NNU is extremely grateful to the Morrison Foundation for this generous grant that will fund new equipment for our nursing labs. With the recent opening of the Thomas Family Health & Science Center and its expanded space, this new equipment will further enhance our ability to train the next generation of nurses,” said Vice President of University Advancement Joel Pearsall.
SimMan is an essential component of the Morrison Foundation Nursing Lab and will serve as the key learning device. The simulated environment will facilitate increased learning and skill transfer when students serve patients in today’s complex care environment. As a result of increased space in the newly completed Science Center, the nursing program is able to offer expanded use of simulation mannequins in nursing education.
Sara Patterson, professor in the School of Nursing, said, “Working with SimMan means that our nursing students will be ready to hit the ground running. They will already have the skills and tools needed to provide direct patient care immediately upon graduation from NNU.”