One of my friends got into nursing recently. The first time I met him, he was picking his major for the second year. I asked him what he was choosing.
"Nursing." He replied.
I did a double take. Nursing? A brown guy?
"I am not gay." That was his second statement. "Not that there's anything wrong with that ..."
Turns out he is actually quite smart. He wants to be a doctor, but since a lot of students don't get into med school on their first try, he decided to opt for nursing as his undergradute. If he got into med school, fine. If he didn't, he had an useful degree to actually work in the hospital and getting experience before trying again.
Not to mention the fact that over 90% of his fellow students were female. And probably 3% of the remaining 10 were gay, and 2.5% in relationships ....
So yesterday during lunch hour I popped over to his facility. What I saw boggled the mind.
The mock intensive care unit.
There was a whole hospital ward full of "patient"s and the nurses were busy caring for them round the clock.
"So, these are just for the ambience?" I asked him, poking one of the dummies in the eye.
F***! I nearly jumped out of my skin as the "patient" sat up and let out a low moan.
"Yo, these are 50K apiece!" My friend hurriedly pushed a few knobs on the bed.
Amazing. These dummies, each worth over 50,000 dollars, could actually simulate symptoms of most diseases, have heart attacks, even ask for water. If not cared for properly, they could even die. The Toronto Star even did a profile on this mock ward. The Star's article shows a picture of the mock maternity ward. The baby robot could cry, burp or even - and I don't know how but my friend said so - need a change of diapers.