Nursing students get realistic practice at new NYP centre

Nursing students get realistic practice at new NYP centre
(From left) Mr Steven Yeo, vice-president and executive director of HIMSS, Dr Chong Yoke Sin, chief executive of Integrated Health Information Systems, and Dr Amy Khor being shown how the MonAmi interactive bedside table is used by a representative of sponsor MaSante at the centre's launch.

SINGAPORE - Trainee nurses at the School of Health Sciences in Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) have been fussing over eight of the most sought-after men in school.

They monitor the vital signs of the blue-eyed, brown-haired boys, and when the time is right, pump their chests to ensure the heartthrobs' "survival".

Failure, thankfully, is acceptable.

The objects of the aspiring nurses' attention are high-fidelity mannequins that have simulated human pulses and are used to provide realistic training.

They are part of a new centre in the polytechnic which offers nursing students realistic learning through the latest technologies.

Launched on Wednesday by Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower Amy Khor, the centre is a collaboration between the polytechnic and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a global non-profit in health-care information and management systems.

Called the NYP-HIMSS Centre of Excellence (Healthcare IT), it has a simulated intensive care unit and an in-patient ward.

IT systems such as electronic medical record systems already used in hospitals will also be installed.

This allows students hands-on experience with these technologies, a privilege usually not given to them in hospitals during attachments.

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