This summer, Vanguard's program will begin providing hands-on training with lifelike, computerized mannequins that simulate a live patient with heart sounds, breath sounds, supple skin, dilating eyes and a "voice" supplied by an instructor. The mannequins, bought with a grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation, can simulate cardiac arrest, an asthma attack and 90 medical scenarios in all, and respond positively or negatively to the treatment received from students. The mannequins can even receive injections and IVs.
In fall 2008, Vanguard's School for Professional Studies will begin offering a master's degree for nurses who wish to continue their professional development.
"As an organization, Hoag hospital is committed to advancing nursing education for the benefit of our patients, staff and community," Martin said. "Our partnership with Vanguard University is a substantial step toward expanding advanced-education opportunities for RN's working at Hoag and in the local Orange County area."