The University of Hong Kong on Thursday showed off a newly refurbished training centre for student nurses which allows them to learn their skills in a simulated ward that's as close to the real thing as possible.
As well as life-sized dummies that can appear to sweat or bleed, there are now also new mock-ups of elderly homes, with people hired to perform acting roles in various clinical scenarios.
The nurses' duties cover things like dressing patients' wounds, giving them their medicine, and assessing their risks of having a fall.
Janet Wong, the director of the Bachelor of Nursing programme at HKU, said the main goal of learning in a simulated environment is to prepare students for when they start training in the real world.
"Before they go to the hospital to practise on the real patients, they will go through all these simulation activities so that we can ensure they have the competency and also they have the confidence to do all the nursing care," Wong said.
Claudius Chan, a year four nursing student, said he believed the uni's new facilities will help him develop hands-on skills in taking care of elderly people. "We can have a glimpse of what we will actually encounter in the community," he said.
Chan also said he thinks the work of community nurses is just as important as those working in clinical settings, as prevention is always better than cure.
Nursing students in Hong Kong have to go through five years of studies at university before they can become registered nurses. Around 1,000 students are currently taking the Bachelor of Nursing programme at the University of Hong Kong.