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UVA Nursing School Home to New Simulation Lab

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Future nurses who may one day have your life in their hands are getting some special training. The Mary Morton Parsons Learning Center at the University of Virginia is home to some of the latest simulation technology.      

The upgrades are all part of a $3 million renovation.    

Nursing students deal with intensive care patients and even learn how to deliver babies.  The dummies or "patients" are controlled by professors to help them prepare for work in a real hospital.

"We want them to be armed with skills and the confidence and competence that is necessary to care for patients when they are on the unit," said Reba Childress, assistant professor of nursing at UVA.

The facility is set up just like a regular hospital and some of the dummies even speak Spanish.

Hundreds of nursing students each year will get a chance to learn at the new facility.

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