Kids play and learn in 'simulated hospitals' on campuses

Published:12 November 2019

Mum with children and CQUni staff in simulated hospital ward; and nurse with children playing with toys in hospital bed

TOP: Children engaged in the event at Rockhampton North campus. BELOW: A highlight from the Bundaberg event.

Local parents brought their children to play and learn in a simulated hospital, which was set up within the Nursing laboratories at CQUniversity Rockhampton North campus this week.

The children were also encouraged to bring their teddies and dolls along.

CQUni Bundaberg hosted its own simulated hospital event on 28 October, attracting 70 Year 3 pupils to the campus.

A team of CQUni researchers, led by Professor Kerry Reid-Searl and Kate Crowley, created the simulated children’s wards.

Professor Reid-Searl says these experiences give Nursing students the chance to interact with children. Meanwhile, the children have an opportunity to play in the simulated hospital, whilst learning about what hospital may be like.

"The researchers will be evaluating the Nursing students’ experiences," Professor Reid-Searl says.

"There were different stations set up where children learned about hand-washing, safety around medicines, bandaging, and having their pulse and temperature taken.

"The simulation experience ran over a one-hour timeframe, with support of Nursing academics and students."