One problem plaguing medical and nursing educators is a lack of good clinical sites with the ability to provide a standardized, comprehensive clinical experience. That’s why DMI has turned to simulation centers and technologies to supplement preliminary in-person patient encounters.
The benefits are immeasurable. First, the controlled environment of the simulation center provides students with increased competence and confidence in a number of skills before they enter clinical environments with live patients. By allowing faculty to create and replicate various scenarios, students log practice hours in a true-to-life environment that may not have been possible in a conventional clinical setting. And by supplementing with simulation technologies, students are afforded an arguably more thorough learning process than live clinical experiences alone can provide. The end result is increased patient safety.
For Medical Students
Students attending Ross University School of Medicine and American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine have access to a network of partner simulation sites, where they’ll learn and master skills on simulation technology and put them into practice in conventional hospital clinical training with live patients. By integrating simulation with live patient encounters, students have a well-rounded education that is both comprehensive and true-to-life.
From task trainers (simulators focusing on just one area of the body or one skill) to high fidelity manikins that simulate a whole body patient experience, students will enter their first hospital setting equipped with advanced knowledge and confidence.
For Nursing Students
Nursing students on any campus of Chamberlain College of Nursing will receive extensive training in the Chamberlain SIMCARE CENTERTM. Each Chamberlain SIMCARE CENTER contains a Simulation Suite as well as Nursing Skills Labs.
Simulation Suites feature a number of private rooms, a nurse’s station, and other features one might find in a standard hospital unit. High fidelity simulators in the unit offer students true-to-life experiences beginning with determining a plan of care through the process of executing the plan on a high fidelity manikin. The manikins in the suite can breathe, talk, report pain and discomfort, present vital signs, output urine, and even give birth. Students learning with these manikins can administer medicines, intravenous treatments, and other therapies.
The Nursing Skills Labs are configured to replicate a hospital ward or emergency room, with a number of beds separated by privacy curtains. While they too feature the high fidelity simulators found in the Simulation Suites, labs also contain task trainers that teach students a specific skill (like, for example, intravenous therapy) as well as mid-fidelity manikins that have the capability to display some functionalities (like heart rhythm, pulse, oxygen, and more). The lab has the added benefit of flexibility — faculty can configure the lab to simulate a crisis situation, for example, or can move some of the simulators to remote locations to mimic assessment and treatment outside of the hospital environment.