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Sara's story: Celebrating nurses

International Nurses Day 2018

Every year on May 12th the International Council of Nurses (ICN) sponsors International Nurses Day to spread awareness about the important role of nurses in improving patient care.  In honor of International Nurses Day we celebrate nurses like Sara, whose training prepared her to save a life.

When Sara's patient began to deteriorate, her simulation-based training was put to the test.

When the patient entered the ED, he appeared to be in good health. He was joking, responsive, seemed physically fit. But, something didn’t add up. He was perspiring, his skin felt cool, and he started to turn gray. I immediately ordered an ECG, and the results told everything.

I knew every moment was critical. But I’m amazed at how calm I was. I was the new nurse on the team. And, I’m probably a little shy. But, my simulation training taught me how and when to be assertive for the benefit of the patient and the team. It also taught me how to manage stress. I wasn’t quite satisfied with my first day of simulation, so I asked to go back for more.

Laerdal's Commitment

Earlier this year, our CEO, Tore Laerdal, declared Laerdal's commitment to achieving zero preventable harm.  Hear what he had to say.