The Charlotte Ledger: Lifelike simulators at UNC Charlotte’s School of Nursing give students hands-on practice

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Story by Michael J. Solender (The Charlotte Ledger)

Early in nursing educator Melinda Pierce’s teaching career, her students practiced administering injections into the flesh of an orange instead of a patient. 

Today, Pierce’s teaching tools don’t involve citrus. Leading the way are high fidelity patient simulators, life-sized robotic patients that present her students with symptoms. They have a pulse and can breathe, bleed and urinate. They can even simulate giving birth.

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