Marvelous March

March has come to an end and it’s time to submit another update on the activity here in the clinical simulation labs. Every day of this past month, except during spring break, we had students learning in our sim spaces. Here are a few highlights:

This month we welcomed newcomers from the School of Pharmacy. Ninety-seven students practiced their respiratory assessment skills to rave reviews. “Great experience to provide us with an idea of a real clinical setting and the possible role of the pharmacist.” “This was a great learning experience. I was very impressed by the facilities and the quality of the artificial environment.”

Pharmacy students positioning patient for respiratory assessment.

Not newcomers to simulation, but here for the first time this year, Occupational Therapy students returned to the simulation labs to demonstrate their skills for evaluating instructors. At one point, all four of simulation theaters were occupied as student pairs took turns playing the role of the therapist or the client. Each session was captured and uploaded to our sim server. Students can access the recorded sessions to review.

With left sided weakness, the client learns how to put on a shirt and button it up.

Actors and faculty gathered in the simulation labs for the filming of  vignettes that will be shown at breakout sessions during Spring Symposium on April 7th. Three brief scenes were filmed and edited by Ryan. Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, Nursing and Social Work faculty collaborated with actors from Adverb Productions to create compelling case studies for symposium participants to discuss.

Ryan the filmmaker with Kirsten Thomsen and Christine Hall

Interview at the Veteran's Clinic (Bill Croninger, OT faculty)

Shelley Cohen Konrad has developed unfolding case studies for her social work students and this month brought the return of  the actors to their roles of the pervious month. The students have been working with the same “clients” throughout the semester and have used their therapeutic skills to provide counseling and emotional support for this couple in crisis.

Session captured for admissions video production.

Cynthia and Dawne-Marie Dunbar were honored to be chosen to participate in the  Health Information Technology Scholars (HITS) program which is a faculty development collaborative partially funded by  the Health Resources and Services Administration (HERSA). The focus of the program is to expand integration of technology into the nursing curriculum. Cynthia and Dawne-Marie have developed a technology project, completed a series of online modules and recently went to Johns Hopkins to attend a workshop designed to provide an opportunity for HITS scholars from across the country to collaborate on technology projects.

In March Cynthia presented at the Drexel University Simulation in Healthcare Conference. Simulation Stone Soup: How to Create Rich Simulation Experiences

Nursing students from our Adult Medical Surgical clinical groups and specialty nursing courses (Maternity, Pediatrics and Psych) have continued to clock many hours with SimMan, Simbaby, Pediatric Hal and our volunteer actors.

What do you do if the power goes out during a surgical procedure? MSNA students had a chance to experience this occurrence during their weekly practice sessions and open labs offered throughout the month. “This experience gave me a feel for the OR and the flow of events during induction, emergence and power failure” “I think the sim lab was extremely helpful in preparing all of us for real life situations.”

Power is lost!

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