Each year, with the help of the community, the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary raises thousands of dollars in support of medical equipment at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre. Members of the auxiliary got a first-hand look recently at how that equipment is saving lives and giving medical professionals at the hospital the training aids to ensure they can serve patients when they are at their sickest. “We have a lot of new grads on our nursing staff and there are things that happen that don’t happen every day. With this they can practice,” Nora Doucet, director of health services and site manager at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, said. “The nursing trainers can take them on a one-on-one basis or as a group to go through different scenarios. Often, it’s the skills they don’t use every day. There are tonnes of things we can do.” The simulator is very life-like from the skin texture, to showing vitals (or the lack thereof in serious cases), it’s eyes blink and various fluids (fortunately not the real thing) can come out of the mannequin to simulate some of the conditions nurses will face when treating a patient either in the emergency room, the ICU or medical ...