nursing students and susie

Susie the simulator is a special part of the nursing program.

As a nursing student at Calvin, you will practice real nursing skills using a state-of-the-art patient simulator named “Susie.” SUSIE® S2000 is a tetherless mannequin equipped to give you a realistic care experience before you practice your skills on real people. Here are just a few of the things that Susie can do:

  • breathe
  • cough
  • have her heart rate monitored
  • speak select phrases

During simulation exercises, Susie is programmed to exhibit certain symptoms or complications. As a senior, you and a group of other students are given a “patient” report, then are put on a team to respond to Susie in a twenty minute simulation. This allows you to experience less commonly encountered clinical scenarios.

As a student working with Susie, you will learn:

  • teamwork in an intense situation
  • critical thinking skills
  • to solidify classroom knowledge with hands-on experience

If you are a prospective nursing student interested in meeting Susie, check out the class visits and tours for Fridays at Calvin!

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