School of Nursing installs MegaCode Kelly simulator

Mon, 2012-11-12 10:20 -- univcomm
November 12, 2012

MegaCode Kelly, a body simulation device, has joined the Anderson University School of Nursing, thanks to a collaboration with Community Hospital Anderson and Saint John’s Health System. MegaCode Kelly will help nursing students practice on a realistic subject and further grows an already expanding nursing program.

According to Dr. Karen Williams, dean of the School of Nursing, MegaCode Kelly is a realistic mannequin for training in a wide range of advanced life-saving skills. Students are able to practice with chest tubes, tracheotomies, and a variety of cardiac rhythms in a simulated care setting within the AU nursing laboratory. MegaCode Kelly is equipped with more than 1,400 different cardiac rhythm variations and many other features that allow nursing students to not only learn from books but from real world situations.

Anderson University nursing students have the opportunity to work not only with MegaCode Kelly but also other simulators at the university, including SimMan®, SIM Child, and SimBaby.

Dr. Marie Morris, provost at Anderson University, was instrumental in acquiring MegaCode Kelly for the nursing program.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity we have to obtain a MegaCode Kelly. This is a result of our generous partners in the community and the exemplary leadership of Dean Williams, who is a strong advocate for excellence in nursing education,” said Morris. “From my past experience I can say that our nursing program at AU and our nurse faculty are top notch. The generous contributions of our local hospitals suggest that they recognize this quality as well.”

Williams agrees with those sentiments. “I am very excited for students to have the opportunity to learn, utilizing the latest in simulation technology,” said Williams. “This will help them experience intense care situations in the protected environment of our nursing lab, assisted by our expert faculty.”

The two hospitals also utilize the nursing laboratories at Anderson University to give their employees needed updates to their knowledge to help them understand new techniques or offerings.

“Saint John’s is proud to continue our long-standing support of and commitment to Anderson University by offering the latest state-of-the-art training technologies to the School of Nursing,” said Tom VanOsdol, president of Saint John’s Hospital. “Our students, our nurses, our patients, and our entire community are the beneficiaries of the trusted partnership we at Saint John’s continue to enjoy with Anderson University.”

With the continued support of local hospitals and new educational opportunities, AU nursing students graduate prepared to perform life-saving maneuvers, just as they were taught in the classroom.

— Cody Poor is a junior from Middletown, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in marketing. Poor is an associate with Fifth Street Communications, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications. Photo credit: Haley Burger.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.