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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Nov. 29, 2006 -- No. 568

Nurses from rural NC to participate
in innovative new training

Monday, Dec. 4
2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, Room L700
Intersection of South Columbia Street and Medical Drive
Chapel Hill

Media representatives are invited to join 11 nurses from Fayetteville, Rocky Mount and North Carolina community colleges at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing to see a new innovative method of teaching geriatric nursing care using a state-of-the-art computerized mannequin called STAN (short for Standard Man).

The training is part of the School's new partnership with North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) to provide nurses in rural and underserved parts of the state with the knowledge and skills to improve the care they provide older adults.

School of Nursing faculty will teach AHEC nurses how to conduct the program workshops and the geriatric clinical simulations. The AHEC nurses will then lead continuing education programs in their area. AHEC will provide the nurses with access to Stan for the clinical simulations.

Stan is manufactured by Medical Education Technologies, Inc. of Sarasota, Fla. Stan's cardiac, neurological and respiratory systems can be programmed to imitate the health conditions of either a man or woman, and can react to changes in real time. These real-time scenarios allow nurses to practice treating and reacting to a variety of acute health conditions prevalent in older adults.

The training is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration.

For more information about the program, visit http://nursing.unc.edu/new/press_releases/release.html?pr=1156824000.

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Parking: Limited parking is available on Medical Drive and can be arranged upon request.
Interviews: Interviews can be arranged with program coordinators and nurses receiving training.

School of Nursing contact: Amanda P. Meyers, (919) 966-4619, amanda_meyers@unc.edu
News Services contact: Becky Oskin, (919) 962-8596 or becky_oskin@unc.edu