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Do you practice your skills on dummies/mannequins

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I know the feeling! Like doing a foley on a dummy. The hole is RIGHT THERE you can't miss it. But on a real person- I don't want to even think about how hard that's going to be

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how useful and realistic are those $25,000 dummies? I have never trained on the top of the line mannequins.

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That Guy has 6 years experience and specializes in Emergency/Cath Lab.

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I think they are hit and miss at best. They teach you what to listen for and what not but they can be too easy and too mechanical as someone put it. Plus I hate dummies because you dont get any of the cues that you do with a real person.

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We practiced on mannequins. I guess it was not good to not go out and torture real people until we had some clue what we were doing but the mannequins are way different than the real thing.

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Most of the high fidelity mannequins aren't really designed for nursing students. Sure you can put in a foley, start an IV, auscultate for sounds etc but these procedures are supposed to be a part of a scenario and not the point of the scenario. The expensive dummies have a great deal to offer if they are used to the extent of their capabilities. A school which purchases a $50,000 Simman or IStan to teach first year students to take a blood pressure or insert a foley is wasting resources and time.

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IV starts. I can handle them (in fact, I had 5 starts performed on me last month). I've gotta a super high pain threshold. NG Tubes and Foleys? Stay the **** away from me and practice on a mannequin. :no: :down: I don't need the "Infection r/t student nurse not practicing proper aseptic technique, AEB: Fellow Nursing Student developing infection on penis, states "this hurts like a *********** and I've developed a fever of 103 degrees since last Friday and I vomit everything I eat and have this foul smelling, pus filled, discharge coming out of my genitals." and Pain level a 10/10. :chuckle As someone said earlier, the risk would definitely outweigh any benefit. Although, I started OB rotations and do L&D tomorrow. I wish they made mannequins whose female genitalia are way less "forgiving" and offer the student the same level of difficulty as the real deal. Maybe some fresh, thin cut, carne asada strips??? J/K! But they seriously need to come up with something other than rubber/plastic/etc.

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IV starts. I can handle them (in fact, I had 5 starts performed on me last month). I've gotta a super high pain threshold. NG Tubes and Foleys? Stay the **** away from me and practice on a mannequin. :no: :down: I don't need the "Infection r/t student nurse not practicing proper aseptic technique, AEB: Fellow Nursing Student developing infection on penis, states "this hurts like a *********** and I've developed a fever of 103 degrees since last Friday and I vomit everything I eat and have this foul smelling, pus filled, discharge coming out of my genitals." and Pain level a 10/10. :chuckle As someone said earlier, the risk would definitely outweigh any benefit. Although, I started OB rotations and do L&D tomorrow. I wish they made mannequins whose female genitalia are way less "forgiving" and offer the student the same level of difficulty as the real deal. Maybe some fresh, thin cut, carne asada strips??? J/K! But they seriously need to come up with something other than rubber/plastic/etc.

The part about the Foley is too funny!

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