Nursing students at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are set to benefit from next-generation training sponsored by the Federal Government, which will see them looking after talking, breathing, moving robots.
UTS nursing students train with a robotic patient
The robots resemble mannequins, designed to have realistic features to accurately recreate the care process. The robots will display pain symptoms and speak to nurses about where they hurt and what it feels like. The robots will even have rising and falling chests to simulate breathing.
The new labs will also house audio-visual equipment that can record and replay situations for later study.
The labs cost $5 million in total, with $2.6 million coming from government funding and $2.4 million from UTS. Over 900 students will have access to the labs each year.
Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek opened the nine new training labs yesterday at UTS as part of the Gillard Government's health strategy.
"Nurses and midwives are the backbone of our health system, providing clinical care and comfort to millions of Australian patients every year. This investment in better learning environments recognises the importance of nursing and its expanding role in caring for patients," Plibersek said.
UTS Vice Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne is boasting that the university is the only one in the state with these capabilities.
"This laboratory development is considered world class; having nine clinical labs allows us to run all nursing and midwifery professional subject classes in realistic clinical settings.
"The use of practice-based learning including health simulation technology to better prepare our undergraduate nurses recognises the complexity and challenges that nurses face each day in hospitals and clinical practice around the country," he said in a statement yesterday.