Unwrapping the Gift of
Megan McClintock, MS, RN
Anticipating the Gift
• Is this going to cost me?
• Am I going to like it?
Opening the Gift
• Rip off the paper fast
• Open the paper carefully
• Wait for someone else to open first
• Hope there is a Dirty Santa
so you can trade
Using the Gift
• Want The Gift
– “I’ll just figure it out.”
– “Where are the instructions?”
– “Can someone show me how to use this?”
• Don’t Want The Gift
– “I already have something
– “I’m not using this. It’s too
– “I’m returning this gift.”
Ideas for Using Your Gift
The Night Before Christmas
T’was the night before Christmas and all through the
No students were there gaining any knowledge
The labs were all closed and ready for the break
The professors were home and barely awake
But the lab coordinator was in bed, worrying and thinking
“How can I help the faculty who feel they are sinking?”
Simulation was coming, but not until late January
What classes would use it? Would the scheduling be
Do the faculty know what the manikins can do?
Do they know how real simulation can be for you?
Do they know manikins allow students to try to be a
Without risk to the patient and without an instructor with
whom to converse?
We can present them with any type of situation:
High risk, low volume, and even practice communication.
Simulation can build knowledge, confidence, and skill
And presents more teaching options than live clinicals will
At the instructor’s command manikins talk, cry, or
They sweat, they bleed, they vomit and pee
Their eyes blink and react to light
And their bodies respond to drugs just like a patient
Their pulses and heart and breath sounds are great.
Students can resuscitate and even defibrillate
The manikin software is easy to use
The monitors are bright and have many different views
The laptop computer lets you work on the run
Everything’s adjustable just by the touch of your thumb
With 15 built-in scenarios there is less work to do
You can video, playback, and even review
The lab coordinator relaxed as these thoughts went
through her head,
For now she could rest easy as she headed to bed
As she drifted off to sleep she felt all was right
And she thought to herself - Merry Christmas to all and to
all a good night!