Sheila Taylor leaned in to see the baby’s heartbeat rhythm. She watched as the baby’s heartbeat line fell without a corresponding spike showing the mother’s uterus contracting down on it.
“That looks ugly,” she murmured.
This time, though, there was no baby in distress. No quick phone call to a doctor. No hurried Caesarean delivery. It was all just a University of Tennessee iPad simulation app to train labor and delivery nurses.
Taylor, a UT clinical assistant professor in the College of Nursing, and Susan Fancher, the simulation director for the College of Nursing, worked to develop the app to create a more realistic experience to instruct future nurses in monitoring babies and their mothers during labor. Xueping Li, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, and Tami Wyatt, professor in College of Nursing, also helped develop the app.
“We love to collaborate with others,” Fancher said. “We have problems and others can help us find solutions.”