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Purdue Nursing students get a stress test during an ER simulation

Some Purdue Nursing School seniors are getting a taste of it's like to work in a busy emergency room.

Posted: Dec. 6, 2017 4:52 PM
Updated: Dec. 7, 2017 3:02 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Some Purdue Nursing School seniors are getting a taste of what it's like to work in a busy emergency room.

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It's a simulation board game called Friday Night at the ER. It teaches students to make quick decisions while getting patients the proper care. Every five minutes a certain number of patients come into the hospital. Players then decide where they need to go and how critical their injuries are.

Assistant professor Diane Hountz said managing an emergency room is stressful. She hopes this exercise can help them in real-life situations.

"They're going to have to make decisions based on 'Do I call staff in or not?' or 'How am I going to take care of these patients who are in the waiting room that are sick?' 'How do they get these patients moved through the hospital?'" said Hountz.

Hountz said the exercise gets them to think critically before entering the workforce.

"We want them to make these decisions and be OK with those decisions and build that confidence that, you know, 'it is OK to make tough decisions because we have to,'" Hountz said.

More than 100 Purdue Nursing students are set to hit the workforce after graduating in the spring.

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