LHSON Celebrates Healthcare Simulation Week

September 17, 2018
Sim Week
The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) celebrates the second annual global Healthcare Simulation Week, September 17-21, 2018, sponsored by Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH). “We consider our Sim Center a valuable resource for both faculty and students. Simulation provides students a safe environment where they can gain confidence and proficiency in their clinical judgment and nursing skills. The malleability of simulation allows faculty to create specific learning opportunities that might not be available during the time when students are in the clinical setting,” said Dean Shelley F. Conroy, EdD, MS, RN, CNE, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing.

“This week not only celebrates professionals, it raises awareness of what healthcare simulation is and why it’s important,” said Joseph Lopreiato, MD, MPH, President, Society for Simulation in Healthcare. “There are simulation professionals from throughout the world celebrating this week, a true testament to the advances in the field.”

The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing has a lot to celebrate this year during Healthcare Simulation Week. The LHSON Sim Center more than doubled in size over the 2018 summer and the additional space means more simulation. Growing from approximately 2,500 square feet to over 5,000 square feet, LHSON expanded its skills labs and is designing several high-fidelity sim spaces, such as a birthing suite, an OR, and a home health setting. When scenarios are conducted in settings that more closely resemble the actual environment, it is easier for nursing students to suspend their disbelief and fully engage in the learning activity.

The LHSON Sim Center also provides a dynamic setting for interdisciplinary research with Baylor Scott & White Health (BS&WH) and other inter-professional colleagues. Dr. Tanya Sudia, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship states, “Our faculty are simulation research leaders conducting innovative projects in the U.S. and internationally. As one example, LHSON faculty Dr. Kelly Rossler is co-leading the next generation of simulation research alongside BSWH Engineer, Dr. Ganesh Sankaranarayanan. Their work transports learners to the realm of virtual reality.”

Dr. Rossler is paving the way for simulation research at LHSON. She studies the effectiveness of simulation-based teaching strategies on improving interprofessional education and collaborative practice among nurses and healthcare professionals. In partnership with Boise State University, Dr. Rossler recently completed testing the effectiveness of a low-cost virtual reality system that allows nurses to realistically work with patients and equipment in a virtual environment. Currently, she is conducting a study to compare simulation teaching modalities to transition newly licensed nurses into practice. Dr. Rossler is also working with Ganesh Sankaranarayanan, PhD, Assistant Director for the Center of Evidence Based Simulation at Baylor Scott and White Health to develop studies on an immersive virtual reality-based experiential learning simulator to improve medication administration, on the use of virtual simulation technology for prevention and early diagnosis of skin cancer, and on the effectiveness of virtual reality simulation on fire safety skills among students. To watch the video featuring Dr. Rossler’s research on Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in Simulation click here. A demonstration of simulation technology research will be available by appointment during Healthcare Simulation Week.

“Healthcare Simulation Week allows us to share our passion for all things ‘sim’ and spread the word that simulation-based education is a proven pedagogy for training safe and competent healthcare providers, thereby improving patient outcomes,” said Jeanne Carey, MEd, RN, CHSE, Director of Simulation, LHSON. “Our sim team is also realizing significant growth and development. We created a new method of role assignment in simulation that is gaining interest from outside programs and our first manuscript on the Two-Heads-Are-Better-Than-One (2HeadsR >1) strategy will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Nursing Education. We enjoy collaborating with faculty across all levels and all programs to offer new simulation activities and support the research endeavors of our faculty and graduate students.”

Sharing their perspective of the Simulation Lab experience are two current students:
*Abigail Mendoza, J2 student - “What the SIM lab experience has meant to me in my nursing education is that it is a safe place to make mistakes as well as a place to gain confidence in the skills that I have acquired.”
*Mary Beecherl, J2 student - “I really liked working with another student, it was much easier to figure out the underlying problem with a partner. It forced us to combine our knowledge to provide smart care to this patient. It also made the process much less intimidating and definitely created a better environment for learning. I left the Sim lab feeling more confident in my ability to care for patients.

Simulation, in all its modalities, is integrated across our LHSON curricula. Graduate and undergraduate students participate in a variety of simulation-based activities every semester and these experiences are tailored to specific clinical settings. Level One students spend 10 hours per week in skills-based simulation, learning how to assess patients and perform various skills. Level Two students encounter scenario-based simulations during their Medical-Surgical and Mental Health clinical rotations and don GERT suits as part of the Maturing Family simulation, so they gain some perspective on the challenges faced by an older adult. The Pediatric simulation activity on Level Three, pairs a high-fidelity pediatric simulator with a Standardized Patient (SP) in the role of the parent; this allows our students to practice caring for a five-year old patient while managing an upset/anxious/angry/demanding parent. The Community Health simulation starts with a home visit but includes a visit to the hospital, incorporating an end-of-life and DNR status discussion. Level Four students appreciate this opportunity to practice difficult conversations in a safe environment. The Transition-to-Practice sim activity focuses on prioritization, delegation, and scope of practice, valuable skills for the novice nurse. Simulations on the graduate level encompass a wide range of activities, created to meet the needs of the students. The customization of simulation makes it a valuable teaching resource for students at all levels.

To learn more visit www.ssih.org/HcSimWeek, @HcSimWeek and #HcSimWeek18.
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