Nursing studies

Learning to monitor blood glucose – a helping hand to safe and confident practice

Nursing students can practise taking blood samples with simulation device invented by a nurse

Coventry University clinical skills educator was inspired to develop the GlucoHand to replace sponges in simulation exercises

When assistant professor Nina Godson watched students practising taking a blood sample using a sponge, she knew she wanted to make their learning experience more life-like.

‘There wasn’t a piece of equipment that represents reality for students to help them develop their blood glucose monitoring skills,’ says Ms Godson, who joined Coventry University 20 years ago and is now clinical skills lead in the faculty of health and life sciences. ‘We used to use sponges, but it was never really good enough.’

Finger pricks and testing sticks

Her solution was

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