University of Calgary

Faculty of Nursing students get a boost

August 29, 2007


The University of Calgary’s Faculty of Nursing along with the University of Calgary Students’ Union will be holding a demonstration of new simulation equipment designed to assist nursing students in their education. The new equipment has been made possible through funding from the Students’ Union’s Campus Improvement Fund.

Media are invited to attend this demonstration which will take place in the Faculty of Nursing simulated hospital ward.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007

TIME: 10 a.m.

WHERE: Nursing Skills Centre, Faculty of Nursing Main Floor, Professional Faculties Building, University of Calgary

Refreshments will be served.

Note: Media will be provided with a media kit, opportunities to record visuals of the latest simulation equipment as well as have access to representatives from the Faculty of Nursing and the UofC Students’ Union for interviews.

Media RSVP: Karen Cook, Communications Manager, Faculty of Nursing

Karen Cook, Communications Manager, Faculty of Nursing, 220-4361

Paul Power, Communications Manager, Students’ Union, 210-9852


Through funding of $40,000 from the University of Calgary’s Students’ Union Campus Improvement Fund, the Faculty of Nursing has added simulation equipment capitalizing on the latest in technology.

This equipment will be used in the faculty’s Nursing Skills Centre.

The new equipment includes:

  • Virtual I.V., a comprehensive and fully interactive self-directed learning system and simulator for training intravenous catheterization.  Virtual patients bleed, swell and exhibit other patho-physiological reactions.  Students access hundreds of case scenarios suited to different levels of competence while the simulator records their progress.
  • The Noelle Birthing Model
  • A new Stryker Stretcher
  • Two airway suction trainers.
  • Along with items purchased through funding from the Students’ Union the faculty also purchased four Computer on Wheels (CoW) which will interface with the Calgary Health Region’s electronic patient information management system. The CoWs allow students not only to document developments right at the bedside, but also offer the capability to work with DVDs.