The Pryor Times

January 12, 2014

NEO nursing program receives $54K birthing mannequin


PRYOR, OK — Pryor Times



The nursing program at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) continues to provide students with cutting edge technology in the classroom to better prepare them for the real world. NEO Nursing acquired a high-tech birthing mannequin, NOELLE®, which comes equipped with Newborn Baby Hal®, allowing nursing faculty to simulate real-life childbirth and other emergencies with nursing students. These learning activities better prepare students for clinical experiences and the practice of

nursing.

The NOELLE simulator was purchased through the Oklahoma Works grant project, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The initiative is designed to expand training and employment opportunities through the integration of technology in the learning process. This project is a statewide consortium of 12, two-year colleges.

NEO has been using medium and high-fidelity mannequins since 2007.

NOELLE, one of two high-fidelity mannequins at NEO, helps prepare students for labor and delivery room scenarios, as well as postpartum and nursery scenarios. NOELLE is a female birthing simulator who actually goes through a full labor and delivery, complete with the ability to talk to the students, have contractions, receive medications and intravenous fluids, and even deliver a baby.

Even better, the baby born will actually cry, move, breathe, have a heartbeat, and even turn blue, if needed for the scenario. NOELLE and Baby Hal will be used not only to help with clinical skills, but also during lectures to help students apply the knowledge they just learned.

“I am very excited that our faculty and students are able to simulate real-life scenarios using this state-of-the-art technology,” said Dr. Bethene Fahnestock, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “This simulator is a great addition for the nursing laboratory experiences at NEO College.”

NOELLE is perfect for competency based programs since each delivery can be precisely controlled while devices track student actions. The fetus may be manipulated to resolve a delivery dilemma, and see instant feedback of force and torque on the fetus as well as its head position. This data is graphed and synchronized with the fetal monitor for debriefing and evaluation. The fetus is released on command after the instructor has observed and logged required competencies, according to the manufacturer’s website.

“Students are already singing NOELLE’s praises, and are gearing up to work with actual patients in the birthing centers of Freeman and Mercy in Joplin,” said Laura Taylor, nursing instructor.

The NEO nursing program began as a Licensed Practical Nursing program in 1964 in a small house across from the College, and was later moved to Ables Hall. The Licensed Practical Nursing program was phased out in 1973 when the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program for registered nursing was initiated.  There were 20 graduates in the first associate degree class of 1975.  

Prospective students can contact NEO A&M College at 200 I Street NE, in Miami by calling 918-542-8441 or visiting www.neo.edu.