Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program awarded simulation technology grant

Since SimBaby has a heartbeat and respiratory sounds and can be programmed to have both normal and abnormal heart and lung sounds, students will learn to correctly place the stethoscope and identify normal versus abnormal sounds. As the course progresses a variety of pediatric scenarios will be used for students to assess and respond to the mannequin whose condition will change as the scenario progresses. SimBaby's condition can even progress to a critical state and has the ability to respond if students correctly apply CPR and other therapies.

The Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program is one of only eight programs in the state to receive this grant award.

The new patient simulator is an essential addition to the nursing program's state-of-the-art Simulated Learning Laboratory where students have been using SimMan, an interactive adult mannequin, for the past two years. With access to both the baby and adult models, students have the ability to practice a wide range of circumstances as well as those that are age-specific.

"We are thrilled to offer this innovative technology to our students," said Marie McCarthy, the program's vice president for education and interim chief nursing officer for Hallmark Health. "Patient simulation complements the classroom experience and allows students to practice what they've learned. We are honored to be chosen by the Department of Higher Education as a grant recipient."

The Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program, along with all the Regis College nursing programs, was recently designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (NLN). This is the first NLN Center of Excellence designation in New England and one of only 15 in the country.

The Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program, which is located on the hospital's Medford campus, offers students a unique blend of classroom and clinical experience, expert faculty and a flexible curriculum. The program is responsive to the diverse needs of applicants seeking a nursing education and accommodates student needs through a variety of schedule options, including day, night and weekend study.

For information about the Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program, call 781-306-6600 or visit www.lmregis.org.

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose, Hallmark Health Cancer Center, Stoneham, The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham, Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading, Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Malden, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford, and Ell Pond Medical Associates. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology.

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