Nurses receive free training at Papillion La Vista High School

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PAPILLION, Neb. (WOWT) -- A high tech training simulation truck stopped at Papillion La Vista High School today to provide nurses in the school district with some unique hands on training.

Annette Jeanes has been the school nurse at Papillion La Vista High School for 11 years and says she is always learning new things on the job from the students she cares for.

"School nurses are not just band aids and boo boos and giving ice packs. It's actual care for students, young adults."

For the first time, UNMC partnered with the district to bring specialized training right to them at school in this state of the art simulation in motion vehicle.

Brian Monaghan is the manager of advanced simulation operations with UNMC and is excited to offer this training in a different setting than usual. Typically, these vehicles are used to train healthcare professionals in rural communities.

"Some of the skills that they’re reviewing today, we call them high criticality, but low frequency emergencies. It’s something that you have to react to correctly and quickly and so this can help put them at ease that they’re a little more comfortable with the emergencies."

Inside, interactive mannequins controlled by computers in the central control room respond to all sorts of treatments.

Brian explains, "If the participants provide oxygen you might see the patient’s condition improve. Their oxygen saturation goes up. They become less short of breath. If they provide them another medication then they see the vital signs will change automatically based off of just entering that into the computer."

The training today focused on a few different scenarios that included treating head injuries, severe allergic reactions and drug overdoses. All this to make sure these nurses can respond efficiently to any situation that may occur.

"There are some skills that healthcare providers maybe only do a handful of times in their whole career and so to stay sharp on those, to refresh your knowledge is especially important so you’re ready in case of an emergency," says Brian.

Best of all, the training comes at no extra cost to the school district.