How exciting this challenge must be for you Gloria. I wish you well in your endeavor. I can only speak of my experience in our learning center. We are a small, private college with baccalaureate RN and graduate ANP and FNP programs but I think this will carry over to your ADN curriculum.
I am very happy with my Noelle from Gaumard for maternity. As a matter of fact I wish I had the funding right now to update her. I have used her for five years now and have had no problems.
For pediatrics, we are using the Vital sim baby and Vital sim kid from Laerdal. These are meeting our needs quite well at the moment for both the undergraduate and FNP program. We hope to update this with a Simbaby but we don't have the funds right now. We do not have a newborn so I can't speak to that.
For adult health simulators I have a SimMan from Laerdal that was upgraded a couple of years ago. I have had little problems with him and use him almost daily during the semester. We also love our Vital sim Nursing Annes. We now have two of them and find for the cost, they are a great value. We use them for our skills classes and our physical assessment classes as well as maternity for fundus checks. Our SimMan is used for simlation scenarios. I have added to the simulation experiences the use of virtual reality with microsim. This combination has made this form of learning very valuable for us.
I have not used the METI products so I can't speak of them although there are others who could let you know what they think.
At this point you need to consider three main factors. How simulation will fit into your curriculum, the space you have available, and of course your budget including faculty and staff for your lab. I think you will find the courses available on SIRC helpful in making the decisions that are right for your needs.
Andrea D. Ackermann PhD, RN, CCRN
Associate Professor of Nursing
Director of Simulation and Clinical Learning
Mount Saint Mary College