Simulation Center, Bryan College of Health Sciences

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Simulation Center

Our Center for Excellence in Clinical Simulation provides the most realistic, hands-on learning experience possible. This truly unique learning experience allows you to interact with nine patient simulators, who mimic real-life patient conditions and responses to treatments.

Gain Real-Life Experience in a Patient Room

In the simulation center you'll:

  • Interact with nine simulators including birthing, infant, pediatric and adult simulators
  • Learn under internationally renowned faculty
  • Role-play working with pharmacy lab, the patient's physician and other members of the medical team, as well as family members

The simulators have the ability to talk to the students, express pain and ask questions as part of the learning experience. In fact, the scenarios are often so realistic, you may forget your patient is a simulator.

Patient Simulators Provide Realistic Learning Experiences

What is High Fidelity Patient Simulation?

About the Simulators

We are one of only few health sciences colleges in the country to house such state-of-the-art human patient simulators-and we are the only facility in Nebraska to offer a model that has lung physiology matching human breathing exactly.

Our realistic adult and pediatric simulators respond physiologically to student interventions, such as:
  • Medication administration
  • Intravenous fluid infusions
  • Application of oxygen

The simulators have realistic features, such as:

  • Blinking eyes with pupils that react to light
  • Chests that rise and fall with respirations
  • Palpable pulses
  • Various heart and lung sounds
  • The ability to cry, drool and bleed

The simulators have procedural features, which allow for chest tube and tracheotomy management, defibrillation and urinary catheter insertion.

Types of Simulators

There are four such simulators at the Center:
  • Our newest addition is "Lucina", a birthing simulator
  • "LG"-or, "Little Guy" - our pediatric simulator
  • Two, "METI Eddie," a wireless adult simulator that allows students to suction real fluids and withdraw fluids from the stomach

Benefits of Working with Simulators

The simulators help students improve their assessment skills. They also provide students with the opportunity to evaluate abnormal as well as normal findings. Critical thinking, communication and teamwork skills are honed as students learn to manage the care of a simulated patient that responds to their interventions and decisions.

Simulation Faculty

The Simulated Learning Coordinator manages all Nursing and CRNA student instructional activities for the simulators and facilitates simulated clinical experiences that incorporate the theory learned in the classroom, allowing students to apply what they have learned in a hands-on, interactive, risk-free environment. Students progress within a novice-to-expert framework as they move through the program of study.

Simulation Center

  • 11-bed inpatient care unit
  • Three dedicated debriefing rooms
  • Nine simulators
Faculty facilitators who work with students and learners in the Center provide numerous types of learning opportunities using patient simulators.

Experiences range from those most beneficial to new students, such as basic assessment simulated clinical experiences (SCE) to those that benefit advanced students, such as cardiopulmonary arrest SCEs.

Learn about the partnership that allowed the Simulation Center to happen.

Extended Learning

We proudly offer a graduate level Certificate in Simulation Education with academic credit earned, one of only two programs available in the United States. This certificate program is taught by leaders in simulation teaching and learning.

Contact Information

If you have any question related to the simulation center or are interested in learning opportunities please contact the simulation center at 402-481-9288. More information about charges for services can be found here.

Students Learn How to Prepare for Real-Life Situations in Safe Environment

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