Fantastic Fall

October 27th, 2010 by njandreau

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.

Fundamentals of Nursing Students Orienting to the SimLabs

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.

Screen shot of nursing students.

Professor Dunbar with Nsg 201 Students

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.

Todd introduces Carl Tony and Mike Vickery to one of MMC's newest additions.

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.

Ryan as "confederate" in OR simulation

Ryan at SUN Meeting

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.

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Simmering Summer

August 31st, 2010 by cmorris

It has been a busy summer here. A few of the highlights below.

Hybrid Simulation

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.

New Windows!

Construction Zone

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.

Special Visitors

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.

Discovering High Fidelity Simulation

The Blewett 107 Summer Project

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.

Jessica Gellar, RDH, Lionel Vachon, DDS and Ryan Eling learning about the new simulator

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!

Congratulations and Welcome!

June 11th, 2010 by njandreau

Thank you Todd!

Wishing Todd Well

Very best wishes to our sim pioneer Todd, as he embarks on his new simulation adventure.  He leaves us with a firm foundation on which our Clinical Simulation Program (CSP) can continue to grow.  Since MMC’s new simulation center is just around the corner, it’s a good thing that we don’t really have to say “good-bye.” We look forward to continued MMC/UNE collaborations.

New Job New Baby

Welcome to Ryan Eling who is our new Operations Manager/Simulation Specialist and, as of May 27th, a Dad for the second time too! New to the simulation world, Ryan is excited about the challenges that lie ahead and we are delighted to have him on board.

We’ll be back soon with more CSP happenings, updates and simulation news.

Wishing a pleasant summer to all.

Cynthia Morris

Simulation Educator/Program Coordinator

Goodbye…for now

June 11th, 2010 by njandreau

Enjoying St. Kitts last year!

Hello sim folks,

I have moved on to take an exciting new job at Maine Medical Center as the Chief Simulation Specialist. So I won’t be providing my progress updates and  blogs for the University of New England anymore. UNE is commited to continuing the blog in some capacity and there will be an announcement of some sort so you can keep up as usual.

I will also be starting a new Maine Medical simulation blog about the new simulation center’s progress and implementation plan. It should be pretty interesting and informative as it is a very complex and overarching project with a ton of technology, infrastructure and architectural highlights.

Thanks to all of you who have checked out the robotodd posts these past two and a half years. I appreciate your comments and your attention to this growing field of experiential learning.

See you soon as a new sim blogger!


Pictures are worth a thousand words…

March 3rd, 2010 by njandreau

Moderating the film sessions at the International Meeting on Simulation in Health Care -Phoenix AZ. 2010.

Maine Med ED residents with our pediatric simulator and Cynthia playing grandma.

Surgery simulation happening live with audience up very close. (IMSH meeting-Phoenix, AZ. 2010)

Maine Medical's Anesthesia residents working in the simulated PACU.

Orienting the MNA students with Professor Lucy Bauer.

SimMan in a temporary location so more students can get involved at once.

Well, as usual I haven’t been able to blog as often I would have liked to. That’s because we have been busier than ever. In fact in the last two years we’ve done 33 percent more simulations than the previous year.

So Cynthia Morris and I have learned to do what we do more efficiently and also have tried to empower our users to do what they do even better.

Instead of going on and on like usual, I will let our pictures from the last two months do the “talking” for me. Enjoy.

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Cynthia Morris moderating and presenting at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare(IMSH 2010) film series.

SimMan in a specially set up suite for the MNA students. (Who's that guy on the screen?)

Pedi Hal at the Waterboro science night. He was a hit with the kiddies!

Professor Dawne-Marie Dunbar taking the place of SimMan as new Mom.

Assistant Professor Leah Coplon prepping nursing studentsfor an OB simulation.

That's me as a hypomanic patient in the psych ward and the student is calming me.

PA instructor Patrick Enking playing a patient with a personality disorder.

Nursing students teaching "Mom" to feed her baby.

Engaged nursing student exiting simlab.

Pedi HAL waiting for his grandma and ED residents to help him.

PA student diagnosing a pediatric patient.

Nursing instructor with an identity crisis!

Answering technical and clinical questions with Lucy.

The view from the control room during a social work simulation. Hey look-real people!

Professor Shelley Cohen Konrad preparing social work students before they see their sim-clients.

I played the homeless guy whose meds got changed up. ED residents had to diagnose and "treat" me..

Very realistic guts that bled were part of this excellent sim-presentation at IMSH 2010.

PA student giving "hands on" attention to her patient.

Pumping up the portable simlab at IMSH 2010-Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Roger Kneebone in background.

A very nice theatre was setup for simulation filmmakers. Cynthia and I moderated this year at IMSH 2010.

Dr. Roger Kneebone addressing attendees while "igloo" is being closed and sim players prepare a case presentation.

The fully pumped up sim "igloo" is closed while Dr. Kneebone adresses the attendees and the sim players change into scrubs at IMSH 2010-Phoenix, AZ.