nursing students and susie

Hal and Susie simulation mannequins are a special part of the nursing program.

As a nursing student at Calvin, you will practice real nursing skills using a state-of-the-art patient simulators named "Hal" HALS3000 and “Susie.” SUSIE® S2000.  Hal and Susie are tetherless mannequins equipped to give you realistic care experiences.

Here are just a few of the things that Hal and Susie can do:

  • breathe
  • cough
  • blink and pupil react to light
  • heart rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs that change
  • speak select phrases

During simulation exercises, Hal and Susie are programmed to exhibit certain symptoms or complications that allow you to experience scenarios that you may encounter in a clinical setting . As a senior, you and a group of other students are given a “patient” report, then are put on a team to respond to one of the mannequins in a twenty-minute simulation. 

As a student working with Hal and Susie, you will learn:

  • teamwork in an intense situation
  • critical thinking skills
  • to solidify classroom knowledge with hands-on experience

If you are a prospective nursing student interested in meeting Hal and Susie, check out the class visits and tours for Fridays at Calvin!