The Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines – College of Nursing has enhanced its Skills Laboratory facility through the acquisition of a high-fidelity training mannequin, Nursing Anne, making it as the first Skills Laboratory equipped with a high-fidelity training mannequin in the entire region.

The sustained effort of the college to continue providing quality teaching and learning experience among its students has embarked to high fidelity training mannequins to strengthen its Skills Laboratory program amid the sudden shift to flexible learning approach due to the developing threat of CoViD-19 in the sector of nursing education. It was pioneered by Dean Reynaldo M. Adducul, RN, RM, MSN, JD, Ma’am Louise V. Cabling, RN, MSN, MAN, and Sir Franklin M. Decena, RN, MSN in collaboration with the school’s administration.

“In the midst of this Health Crisis where face to face classes are affected resulting to the institution to look for strategies in delivering education effectively to students, the availability of this simulated mannequin is right in time”, said Ms. Gina M. Manongas, RN, MSN, a faculty of the college who experienced operating the equipment.

She added that with the absence of the Related Learning Experience (RLE) which is necessary for students learning, the presence of Nursing Anne gives them the option to bring scenarios and demonstrate skills via virtual presentation. It creates a real-life situation because it can present an approximately perfect imitation of patient condition corresponding to the nursing skills required. The newly enhanced skills laboratory with the Nursing Anne gives a niche for a higher learning experience to students. The “Nursing Anne” is a mannequin designed for scenario-based training for the care and management of basic patient handling skills to advanced nursing skills. With a worth P2.6 M, this platform consists of a variety of accessories and interchangeable parts which facilitate a variety of simulated patients and provide unique training opportunities in terms of Medicine administration, Hygiene, Skin Integrity and wound care, Patient Handling, Nutrition, Urinary Elimination, Bowel Elimination, Oxygenation and perfusion, Resuscitation, Fluid, Electrolyte and acid balance, Communication, and Physical Assessment.