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

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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