Quinnipiac simulation laboratory manikins on display as part of Healthcare Simulation Week

September 16, 2019

Nursing students practicing on live simulation manikin

To help increase awareness about the importance of simulation to the education of health care professionals, Quinnipiac's simulation laboratory will be open to members of #BobcatNation on Monday, September 16 from noon to 4 p.m., Thursday, September 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Friday, September 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“The educational value of health care simulation within undergraduate and graduate studies continues to rise,” said Professor Lisa Rebeschi, associate dean of the School of Nursing. “Quinnipiac University remains on the cutting-edge in using simulation as a pedagogical approach in preparing professionals to provide safe, effective, and high quality patient care.”

The interdisciplinary event, which is part of national Healthcare Simulation Week, will take place in the simulation lab on the fourth floor of the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the North Haven Campus.

Quinnipiac students and faculty members will work with several simulation manikins, including a realistically proportioned 25-week preterm manikin known as “Premature Anne,” and “Pediatric Hal,” which is touted as the world's most advanced pediatric patient simulator and the first capable of simulating lifelike emotions through dynamic facial expressions, movement and speech.

"Quinnipiac's high quality simulation labs with realistic patient care scenarios helped me develop critical thinking skills that easily transferred into my work experiences following graduation," said Annalisa Biceglia '17.

"Not only does simulation provide a safe environment for learning how to proceed in certain situations, it also reminds student nurses of the importance of treating each person holistically as individuals rather than 'patient.' "

“We were constantly challenged in the sim lab, often participating in our own resuscitation scenarios,” said Andrew Geller ’17, a critical care nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

“Particularly important was the fact that our professors empowered my peers and I to take on the role of the ‘code leader,’ acting as the guiding force during the simulation. I quickly put this training to use upon starting as a new graduate nurse in the ED and continue to utilize it while caring for patients in the ICU.”

Quinnipiac’s event is held in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the National Academy of Medicine’s report, “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System,” a landmark report that recognized that medical errors and patient harm are a pervasive and unacceptable problem in health care.

Healthcare Simulation Week, September 16-20, is sponsored by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and celebrates professionals who use health care simulation to improve the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care delivery. New methods and technologies are emerging that present enhanced opportunities to improve patient care; as a result, it is an important field in which many health care professionals are finding a lifelong career.

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