SFA School of Nursing receives grant for mannequin arms

SFA School of Nursing receives grant for mannequin arms

NACOGDOCHES, TX (News Release)

The Roy and Betty Erickson Charitable Fund for Nursing held at East Texas Communities Foundation in Tyler, Texas awarded $7,790 to SFASU's Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing for the purchase of IV Mannequin arms for training.                                              

“The Erickson grant has allowed our students freedom from failure,” Sara Bishop, Director of the School of Nursing said. “The student can practice freely on the mannequin arms, inserting a needle for an IV and see the blood flashback as it would happen in an actual patient. You just don’t find many live volunteers willing to roll up their sleeves for a nurse to practice on these days.” Bishop added that the mannequins don’t complain about being repeatedly stuck during training, allows our students the “freedom to mess up until they get the hang of it” without bruising or hurting a real patient.

Fall marks the first semester that SFA students have had the opportunity to use the IV mannequins provided by the grant. “The IV mannequins are a great asset to our program. They help keep us competitive with other nursing programs in and around the state,” Bishop said.

Having a sense of realism during training is very important when training healthcare workers. “When I was training to be a nurse, we used oranges to practice drawing blood,” said Bishop. “Thanks to this grant, the nurses that complete our program will be better equipped in real life scenarios.”