Professor Dawne-Marie Dunbar has spent many hours in the simulation labs working with nursing students this past month. Fundamentals 100 students and Medical Surgical Nursing 201 students have been very positive about their experiences. Comments like those listed below highlight the value of learning in the simulation labs:
“Great job! What a blast.! :-)”
“This was a wonderdul learning experience. I completely enjoyed everything and realize the value of Sim. :-)”
“Today was a awesome learning experience!”
Cindy Tack’s SSW 639 class, Social Work Practice in Medicine and Health, had opportunities to hone their skills during three experiences in the simulation labs. Cindy’s social work colleagues proved to be excellent actors as they played roles designed to challenge and engage. As students encountered issues related to end of life, homelessness and difficult family dynamics, they were able to practice their assessment skills, tolerate intense and raw emotions and respond to presenting needs .
Cindy Tack, our Social Work simulation pioneer, represented the UNE School of Social Work at the Council on Social Work Education’s Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Her topic was about the use of simulation in social work, titled Making it Real: Using clinical simulation to strengthen practice skills. As part of her presentation participants were able to view a movie (Simulation in Social Work Education) that Cindy developed in collaboration with Cynthia, who filmed and edited the production.
Dental Hygienists participated in a November Continuing Professional Education course entitled, Nitrous Oxide for the Dental Hygienist. The participants came to the simulation labs as a capstone to their course. They were able to practice what they learned in the didactic portion of their course and dealt with real issues that they might encounter in the dental clinic.
This month Ryan continued his orientation to the simulation world. He met with Eric Stehle, Vice President of Sales at Educational Management Solutions (EMS) to learn about their web based management system. He also traveled to Sarasota, Florida for training on the METI systems (Medical Education Technologies, Inc).
Ryan wasn’t the only traveler this month. Our pediatric simulator, Hal, traveled around the corner to MMC’s Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation. He was in the care of Todd Dadaleares, Chief Simulation Specialist, and was needed to help out with Emergency and Anesthesia resident training. MMC has ordered their own Hal but it hadn’t arrived in time for these simulation sessions. We are always happy to help our simulation neighbors.