Nursing Program Employs METIman Simulator


At first glance, the form occupying a hospital bed in PCC’s MacKenzie Building Nursing Lab looks like an average-sized man. But a second glance reveals that the “man” is actually a state-of-the-art METIman simulator—a mannequin housing a complex system of computer and medical technology under its rubberized skin.

Built specifically for nursing education, METIman connects wirelessly to a proprietary software program called Müse, which allows faculty to control the mannequin during instruction via a computer or touch-screen tablet. With features such as blinking eyes, breathing, vital signs, convulsions, and a host of other bodily functions, METIman assists nursing students in learning proper techniques and skills during simulated real-life patient scenarios.

“Students will be able to learn and even make mistakes on a simulator that they would not be able to do with a real patient,” said Dr. Denise McCollim, dean of arts and sciences and chair of PCC’s nursing department. “The simulator will be used in lab settings with smaller groups of students. A faculty member will run software scenarios on the simulator, and the students will have to assess the mannequin, document their findings, and implement medical solutions.”

This tool provides PCC’s nursing program with another resource for effectively training the next generation of health professionals.

Published 4/25/2012