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Help Wanted: Demand for Nurses Growing as Baby Boomers Retire, Age

May 10, 2018 - LI Herald

Today's nursing students, though, have access to new learning technologies that previous generations did not. At Molloy College's Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing in Rockville Centre, mannequins simulate the Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursingradical physical changes that a patient might experience if a nurse were to miss a subtle sign of illness or make a wrong move. Simulation mannequins were first used in the 1960s, but they were crude by comparison to today's models. Fifty years ago, the mannequins more resembled those that one might encounter in a CPR class. Today they're loaded with sensors that allow instructors to simulate real-life scenarios. Certain ones even change color or talk.

Dr. Marcia Gardner, dean of Molloy's nursing school, compared current mannequins to the highly advanced airline simulators that commercial pilots must practice emergency landings on. The goal, she said, is to improve nursing students' "critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills."

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