January has been a busy month here even though the students didn’t return to the sim labs until January 20th. Below are posted pictures that will tell the story of our busy first month of 2011!
December has been an active month in the simulation labs. Fundamentals of Nursing students returned for their third and fourth sessions in the sim lab. During session three the students were assigned a patient and were charged with administering medications. Students know the importance of following the guidelines for safe administration of drugs using the Five Rights (right patient, dose, route, drug and time). They appreciated the opportunity to practice this important skill. During session four, SimMan served as the patient for a NSG 201 (second year) student who demonstrated how to perform a head-to-toe assessment. Students then practiced their skills on live “patients” (second year student vounteers) and were observed and evaluated by faculty.
Ryan’s enthusiasm and creativity are proving to be quite an asset to our program. He is adept at discovering ways to improve our processes and has a talent for trouble shooting the many little technical issues that can crop up. We are especially pleased that our CSP server is now housing podcasts on custom blogs. Using this familiar platform makes a very user friendly site for students to access videos of simulations. Next we want students to be able access our server from off campus and Ryan has initiated the process to allow this to happen!
Social Work in Practice Students were in the simulation labs for their first experience. Members of Shelley Cohen Konrad’s class had an excellent introduction to the benefits of practicing interview skills in the lab setting. An actor played the role of a homeless person who was dealing with a difficult diagnosis. Two students interviewed the “client” while the rest of the class observed via video feed. During the debriefing session students reacted to their experience and received feedback from fellow students and the client actor.
“Everyone has to try this, it was a very valuable learning experience.”
Cynthia has offered to meet with faculty from all of the health professions disciplines on the Westbrook College Campus (WCC) and recently was invited to speak about “Simulation Opportunities” in nursing. The faculty of the Nursing Department are proponents of simulation and continue to develop plans for further integration of this teaching modality into nursing courses.
During this December faculty development session, participants were given an overview of the program and the many possibilites for utilizing simulation to prepare nursing students. There was extended discussion related to development of interprofessional opportunities for students at UNE. Faculty are looking at developing connections with colleagues from other health professions on the WCC.
Cynthia has also presented at an Occupational Therapy faculty meeting and looks forward to invitations from other departments who are interested in a Clinical Simulation Program update.
Nursing Anne is one of our medium fidelity simulators who was reintroduced to the Nursing faculty at their December faculty development workshop. Nursing 101 faculty are enthusiastic about using Nursing Anne for their students as they prepare for their first rotations in the hospital setting. They will use her to hone their auscultation skills and will practice urinary catheterization during open lab times in January.
Fifty-two Medical Surgical second-year nursing students were in the simulation labs at various times throughout the semester. They cared for patients with a variety of clinical issues and were enthusiastic about their experiences.
“This was a wonderful learning exsperience. I completely enjoyed everything and realize the value of sim. ”
“Today was an awesome learning experience!”
“More sim ”
We’ll be back in January. In the meantime, Happy Holidays to you all!
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.
If you stop by the simulation labs in Blewett 242, chances are you will see blue. This fall many nursing students are passing through our doors.
Our Fundamentals of Nursing students will come to the simulation labs four times over this fall semester. During their first session, they are oriented to SimMan and each student has the opportunity to listen for lung and heart sounds, feel pulses and discover how simulation will enhance their clinical learning. During other sessions they will be practicing the basic assessment skills that they are learning in the nursing skills lab.
Our second year Medical Surgical Nursing students are preparing for their preceptorship which begins after Thanksgiving. They have returned to the simulation labs to hone their skills by being presented with complex patients. They are happy to have the opportunity to encounter clinical situations that test their clinical and communication skills. These sessions demonstrate to the students how far they have come and they often comment that having these experiences boosts their confidence.
Todd Dadaleares, Chief Simulation Specialist at Maine Medical Center, invited his UNE colleagues to the Family and Friends Open House at the new Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation. The new center is stunning and we were all most pleased to be given a personalized tour by Todd.
Ryan has had a busy fall becoming familiar with every aspect of CSP and has taken advantage of a couple of training opportunities. He recently returned from Boston where he spent five days at Harvard’s Institute for Medical Simulation’s Comprehensive Instructor Course with a technology track focus. He also attended a variety of workshop sessions at the New England Simulation Users Network (SUN) meeting sponsored by Laerdal.
That’s all for now. We’ll be back next month with more news but, in the meantime, please follow us on facebook. If you “Like” us, you will be able to see our weekly posts which will keep you informed about some of the things that are happening here at CSP.
It has been a busy summer here. A few of the highlights below.
The Nurse Anesthesia Program students had the opportunity to assimilate the concepts and theories related to crisis resource management and gain an understanding of the thought processes and approaches to managing crisis situations in anesthesia during their July summer sim sessions. Each student had the opportunity to experience and manage a crisis situation that could occur in the operating room setting.
This summer Blewett 241, 242 and 107 have been a construction site as Blewett Hall has undergone a facelift. New windows have been installed and today, this massive project is nearly complete. Despite the construction activity, we were able to conduct our business with little interruption and appreciate the positive impact that our new energy efficient windows will have on our environment.
Ryan and Cynthia welcomed special visitors from India, Dr. M.S. Moodithaya and Dr. S.Y. Kulkarni, for a tour of the Clinical Simulation Program simulation labs. Professor Kaushik (KASH) Dutta has developed a relationship between these delegates from Nitte University and UNE and is exploring potential partnerships in multiple areas.
Ryan has been busy this summer learning and tweaking the many systems that he is responsible for. One project of note was upgrading the audio video system in our Blewett 107 debriefing classroom.
Our simulation family welcomes a visiting simulator “Bodyless Bob.” He is the first of many dental simulators that will be acquired as part of a dental education program sponsored by UNE and generously supported by TD Bank, The Betterment Fund and Bangor Savings Bank. The program is aimed at helping young people learn about dental careers.
Pediatric Hal went on a summer vacation, of sorts. We sent him to Florida for repairs and we welcome him back along with returning faculty and students. We are all anticipating another busy fall here in the clinical simulation labs and look forward to collaborating with our creative faculty to develop new and exciting simulation experiences for our health professions students. Welcome back all!
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