Senators Voice Support of Nursing
Listening to SimMan's vital signs
are student Patrice Pantin, Sen. Harry Reid, School of
Nursing Dean Martha N. Hill, student Chris Reed, Sen. Paul
Sarbanes and Sen. Barbara Mikulski.
PHOTO BY JOSEPH A. KEMP
By Kelly Brooks-Staub
School of Nursing
Three U.S. senators — Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.),
Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.), minority
leader of the Senate — joined three students from the
Johns Hopkins School of
Nursing last week for a panel discussion titled "Higher
Education: America Can Do Better." The event, held Dec. 8
in the school's Alumni Auditorium, explored the need for
federal student loans and the potential impact of cuts to
The three undergraduates — Chris Reed, Julie
Story and Patrice Pantin — spoke of the necessity of
having federal loans to finance their nursing education.
"We know that you have come into nursing to change
lives and to save lives," Mikulski told the audience of
nursing students. "The benefits of education accrue not
only to you but to the nation as a whole. And therefore the
nation as a whole should provide an opportunity ladder for
you to achieve that dream.
"Significant cuts to student aid are absolutely
unacceptable," she said. "I believe that America can do
After the panel discussion, the students gave the
senators a demonstration of SimMan, a universal patient
simulator. Attached to a personal computer and controlled
by software, the SimMan manikin can talk, breathe, cough
and even moan.
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