Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Actors Help Nursing Students Practice Skills

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Actors Help Nursing Students Practice Skills

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Twenty medical residents and interns spent a recent afternoon on the Moon campus of Robert Morris University, practicing their skills on "smart" mannequins and on actors.

The physicians from Heritage Valley Health System worked with university undergraduate and graduate nursing students to train for handling "code" situations -- when hospitalized patients suffer cardiac arrest. The students also learned how to diagnose irregular heart rhythms and other heart conditions.

The training on Oct. 26 was part of the university's "standardized patient program" which includes actors portraying patients.

Often those actors are university theater students. But in the latest exercise, older adult actors from the community were used because older "patients" were needed to portray symptoms of heart diseases that generally affect that age range. …

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