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Pediatric Simulation Video 1


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The Learning Resource Center at Abington Memorial Hospital

Dixon School of Nursing

Simulation in nursing education is an efficient method of learning content and critical thinking skills in a safe environment without fear of causing harm to actual patients. In developing a philosophy we believed that this type of learning should be collaborative between the student and the nurse educator. High fidelity computerized human patient simulators have been an innovative addition to the Learning Resource Center (LRC) in the education of our students. SimMan ® and SimBaby ® were purchased through an educational grant in 2005. Simulation is incorporated into each of the courses: Foundations in Nursing, Adult Medical-Surgical I and II, Nursing Care of the Family, Psychiatric/Mental Health and Community Nursing, and Advanced Concepts in Medical-Surgical Nursing.

There were many positive responses from the students.

  • Sim Lab was amazing. It helped with my ability to walk into a situation with more confidence. Such a great learning experience”
  • “I loved Sim Lab. It helped me build my skills and my confidence”
  • “Sims was a very good learning experience. I liked the hands on and relaxed learning environment. It was taught in a non- intimidating and productive manner.”
  • “Always correlates what we learn in class into Sims”

. Because of the small group size in simulation much of the classroom content could be reinforced and the students felt that this intimate learning environment enabled them to have easy access to faculty on a “one-to-one” level.

  • I appreciated the environment, it was conducive to learning.
  • Small group options at Open Skills are very helpful.
  • Hands on learning is great

Over the past two years the goal of becoming a simulation center has become a reality. This has been achieved with the purchase of two additional computerized manikins as well as a low fidelity computerized manikin (Vital Sim ®), updated beds, an isolette, a ventilator, an infant warmer bed, code cart, intravenous infusion pumps, blood glucose meters, posters, anatomic models, an EKG machine and a pulse oximeter.

Approaching our fifth year, we feel confident in our simulation program.

Purchases include wireless computers on wheels (WOWs) and an advanced audio-visual system to tape the students while the participate in challenging case scenarios. The WOWs contribute to the realism of the simulation. The goal is to engage the students in a dynamic simulated clinical experience. The use of these computers will allow the students to document in “real time” administration of medications, patient assessments, order entry, lab and diagnostic tests. The clinical system used by the hospital (Sunrise Clinical Manager) will be replicated utilizing our simulated patients. The goal is to familiarize and guide the students as they learn to navigate sophisticated new technology for charting patient care

We also purchased an audio-visual system. This system includes a control room with a two-way mirror, three cameras with the ability to rotate 300°, speakers for each camera location, a recording deck to make DVDs, one 50 inch plasma television, and one 42 inch plasma television for viewing the case scenarios in “real time”. By recording the simulation experiences will enhance the debriefing experience, enable faculty to record skills validation, allow students to view their performance and self reflect.

The use of a simulated health care setting can provide an ideal learner-centered environment that is safe, engaging, and realistic.