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High-tech dummy

The College of Nursing gets high-tech with a new mannequin that mimics the needs of an infant. The model cries and expresses hunger, and has a machine that simulates the sounds of a beating heart.

The new equipment will be on display at an open house held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday April 15 in the Learning Resource Center in Rooms 104 and 106 Masterton Hall, Portland campus.

The College of Nursing and Health Professions Learning Resource Center provides students and faculty with equipment, computers, software, and videos meant to simulate various medical conditions and situations.

In the past, techniques such as drawing blood, taking blood pressure, and examining infants needed real patients for students to learn on.

Other newly acquired equipment includes a blood pressure training arm that simulates the sounds that a nurse hears while taking a patient’s blood pressure, an automatic external defibrillator simulator, a machine that simulates the normal and abnormal sounds that hearts, lungs and bowels make, an IV simulator, and a state-of-the-art virtual reality simulator which teaches students how to draw blood and start IVs.

Women learn to fight back

A self-defense course for women will be offered on the Portland campus beginning on Thursday, April 18.

Classes will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The last class is Monday, April 29. The course combines heightened awareness and risk reduction strategies with practical and easy-to-learn self-defense skills.

The course is free and includes a lifetime return and practice policy for any graduates of the program. To register, please call Jim Daniels at 780-4501 or e-mail at [email protected]

Let’s talk about sex!

MTV is casting for a documentary film, “Dangerous Liaisons.” It will air nationally as part of MTV’s 2002 sexual health education campaign, “Protect Yourself.” The goal of the campaign is to educate youth about how to stay healthy if they choose to have sex. MTV is looking for college students to share their stories. Students who are interested may email [email protected]

Reproductive panel

“What is Reproductive Freedom? Can a religious person be Pro-Choice?”

The Women’s Resource Center is sponsoring a panel discussion on reproductive rights as civil rights Thursday April 18 at 6 p.m. in the Woodbury Campus Center Boiler room.

Marvin Ellison from the Maine Interfaith Council, Sarah Staniford from Planned Parenthood of New England and Sherrill Bradsher of health services will be part of the discussion panel.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact the Resource Center at 780-4996.

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