MAY 17, 2006

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Okahoma City Community College gives birth to new teaching tool



Students from Oklahoma City Community College care for the newest addition to the nursing program. The baby and its mother, a birthing simulator, are designed to train nursing students on labor and delivery.

Two new additions to the Oklahoma City Communty College nursing program are teaching students about childbirth and neonatal care. NOELLE™, a full-size birthing simulator, and her baby are now being used in the Mini Hospital at OCCC.

The female simulator creates a realistic scenario through labor and how to care for a patient before and after the delivery of the newborn. Students can listen to the child’s heartbeat and can even initiate IVs on the adult simulator.

Monica Holland, coordinator of the Mini-Hospital at OCCC, said the manikin allows future health professionals the ability to practice and master textbook techniques before they enter the clinical setting.

“Hands-on training is an important teaching method,” said Holland. “Use of the simulator is a great addition to instructional methods used in theory.”

NOELLE™ was incorporated into the nursing curriculum this semester.

The OCCC nursing program was cited by Community College Week as the 49th largest in the country and is one of the largest in Oklahoma. The program maintains cooperative relationships with all the major hospitals in the Oklahoma City metro area to ensure valuable clinical learning opportunities for students.

For more information about the nursing program, call the Division of Health Professions at 1.405.682.7507.