College of Nursing staff showcases simulation technology at Lakeland community event
University of South Florida College of Nursing Lab Assistant for Virtual Simulation, Troy Hambrick, participated in the 2nd Wells Fargo Children’s event on Aug. 24, 2013 to showcase the College’s high fidelity human patient simulator (Laerdal SimMan3G). During the event, held at the Wells Fargo branch on Combee Road in Lakeland, Hambrick educated families and children about the advanced technology used in nursing education.
“Several times over the years, I have taken the USF College of Nursing Human Patient Simulators to elementary schools to educate children about the “robot,” said Hambrick. “It’s always fascinating to watch reactions from children and adults watching the simulator breathe, talk and blink its eyes. Seeing those reactions truly brings energy to what I am there to do—educating the community about simulation and the many facets associated with it.”
The event, held by the Local Wells Fargo Branch, provided safe activities for children while parents learned about the bank’s services. Other local organizations participating in the event include Polk County Sheriff’s office youth program, Polk County Sheriffs K-9 Unit, a local Fire Department, and other local children’s organizations. Over 250 people attended.
Hambrick stays active in the community. Last year he showcased the simulator at Jesse Keen Elementary School in Lakeland, Fla. to teach 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders about robotics, science, nursing, healthcare and math. During weekends, he also volunteers at educational and beneficial events for children and women.
After this event, Hambrick received a pleasant email from the Wells Fargo Children’s event organizers thanking him for making the children’s day memorable, and were also grateful for USF College of Nursing’s commitment to make a difference in the community. This was Hambrick’s second time representing USF College of Nursing at this event.
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