A-State receives grant to purchase $89K SimBaby

A-State receives grant to purchase nearly a $90K SimBaby

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Parents say you can’t put a price on their babies, but a baby A-State is getting soon costs a whopping $89,000.

A grant from Arkansas Blue & You Foundation awarded the College of Nursing nearly $90,000.

It’s purpose is to purchase a simulation baby for medical students to give them some hands on practice.

The SimBaby they have now is about five years old and only allows practice on respiratory functions.

The new SimBaby will offer hands on learning experience for several different medical scenarios.

Assistant Professor of Nursing Kayla Travis said it’s to prepare students.

“So it’s a low stakes environment,” Travis said. "So we don’t throw them into a hospital taking care of an acutely ill patient, that’s a pediatric patient, when they’ve not gone through a scenario first. "

Assistant Professor of Nursing Addie Fleming said this will get students pediatric learning experience.

“Our students don’t get a lot of pediactric clinical time because really the only clinical facility for pediatrics nearby is Arkansas Children’s,” Fleming said. “So this allows us to mimic what they’ll see there or what they might see if they go to work in an emergency department here, what they’ll actually see and take care of.”

Funds for the grant are expected to arrive this month.

The $89,098 will purchase the SimBaby, associated equipment and training on how to operate the manikin.

Travis said the plan is to order the SimBaby in January and hopefully have it up and running for students in the summer.

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