Hospital simulation in Arizona: New kind of hospital training in Valley

Posted at 6:31 AM, Apr 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-28 09:31:54-04

By the year 2030, one in five Americans will fall into the senior citizen category which is why the time to train nurses is now. That training is happening right here in the Valley in a way that might surprise you.

“I don't have a pulse, can I get some help in here?”

“You've called the code...Yes, called code!”

Another day at the office is another patient in peril for Kelsey Sharp.

“They're coding or their blood sugar is 40 or something crazy.”

And these patients never seem to get better and they complain an awful lot.
“Why are you not letting me eat? The doctor told me I could eat…”

“Could you please get my doctor for me, I have questions to ask him. I'm not sure why I have these needles in my arm.”

The dire circumstances, of course, are by design at this simulation hospital.
“My first time coming into the unit was kind of like a shock of how much it does look like a hospital because this used to be a hospital.”

The Banner Mesa campus-turned-training facility has been in operation for the better part of the last decade, pioneering a learning process that is studied around the world.
“There's so much technology coming out in how to deliver learning and simulation.”

Karen Josey, Senior Director for the center, showed me the hands-on exercises. Whether they’ve been nursing for two days or twenty years, dealing with these dummies helps nearly 2,000 healthcare professionals sharpen their skills every year.
“I joke that one of these days these patients are going to get up and take care of us and tell us what to do.”

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