Simulation Center, Bryan College of Health Sciences

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Simulation Center

Our Simulation Center provides students and healthcare providers with learning opportunities to impact safe, quality care.

During the simulation scenarios, participants have opportunities to apply knowledge and practice skills (assessment, psychomotor, intervention communication, and teamwork) in an environment that replicates a clinical practice environment.

Real-Life Experiences

In the Simulation Center you will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide care for a birthing, infant, pediatric, or adult patient (simulator) in an evidence-based practice scenario.
  • Assume the role of a healthcare provider, orientee, patient, or family member in a scenario.
  • Interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration with healthcare providers
  • Integrate knowledge gained from simulation experience into practice.
  • Interact with experienced simulation faculty who are known locally, nationally, and internationally.

The simulators have the ability to talk, 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 Patient Simulation?

Simulators at our Center

Our wireless adult, pediatric, obstetric and neonatal simulators have realistic features such as:

  • Blinking eyes with pupils that react to light
  • Various heart and lung sounds
  • Chests that rise and fall with respirations
  • Palpable pulses
  • Ability to cry, drool and bleed
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring

They also have procedural features for:

  • Medication administration
  • Urinary catheter insertion
  • Suctioning
  • Endotracheal intubation
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Additional features for our wireless obstetric simulator include:

  • Providing care for a woman in labor from the time of admission to the birth of a newborn (simulator).
  • Perform life-saving skills in an obstetric emergency (i.e. shoulder dystocia)

Benefits of Working with Simulators

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

Simulation has expanded beyond the walls of academia. Hospitals use simulation as a strategy to orient new employees, competency assessment, and remediation when a critical incident occurs. Researchers are also vested in simulation as an intervention to study learning and patient care outcomes. The possibilities are endless!

Simulation Facilitators

Faculty at Bryan College of Health Sciences and Educators at Bryan Health have had formalized simulation training on the concepts, constructs, and the International Nursing Association Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL) Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM.  

All simulation experiences begin with objectives and outcomes. At the conclusion of the simulation experience, participants debrief with their facilitator and then complete an evaluation for their facilitators to review. Evaluations are reviewed for quality improvement of simulation experiences.

Students at Bryan College of Health Sciences have simulation integrated throughout their program of studies with a novice to expert framework curricula. Bryan Health has integrated simulation into their Nurse Residency Program participate and annual competency assessment for nursing units.

Simulation Education Certificate

We proudly offer an interdisciplinary graduate level Simulation Education Certificate Program  that consists of 3 courses with 3 hours of academic credit. This program is available to both national and international students.  The certificate program is taught by leaders in the simulation community with experience in teaching, research, and practice.  There are no additional fees for out-of-state students or students outside the United States of America.

Contact Information

If you have any question related to the simulation center or are interested in learning opportunities please contact Barbara Sittner PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, ANEF Simulation Center Director at 402-481-8846. 

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

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