By Tim Beckham, Director of Marketing

If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet Victoria you are missing out. According to the web, she is the world’s most lifelike childbirth simulator, and lifelike may be an understatement. Located on campus, Victoria is the crown jewel of PCs Avera Simulation Center. Watching our nursing faculty assist our students with the virtual birth is truly amazing to see.

With the help of backroom technicians our nursing students can interact, communicate, take care of and support Victoria through the entire birthing process.

The truly unique thing about Victoria is that she can provide in-depth immersive experience for our students in a variety of scenarios. From early pregnancy complications, high-risk deliveries, and postpartum emergencies to non-gravid scenarios for general nursing care, Victoria simulates a full range of obstetrical events to facilitate teamwork and deepen critical thinking skills.

How lifelike are we talking?

Well, did you know that Victoria can track objects visually and simulate abnormal movement while streaming audio lets you act as the voice of the patient. This means you can engage participants in a realistic dialogue throughout the scenarios to rehearse patient-provider interaction much more effectively.

And, the training doesn’t stop there. Following delivery, students get the opportunity to provide evaluation and transitional care, for both Victoria and her newborn.

And because Victoria births a full-term baby of realistic size and weight, she provides our students with the most realistic visual and tactile experience possible. Victoria’s newborn features measurable vitals, allowing students to perform health assessment and determine if additional care is needed.

So if you have the time go to the Avera Simulation Center on the Presentation Campus and meet Victoria.