Innovation and Collaboration in Health Care
Learning to be a health care professional is rewarding and challenging, and sometimes intimidating as you work with patients during vulnerable times. At Regis University we use technology to allow students to simulate real-world scenarios in our Simulated Health Center. It allows for real-world training in a safe and less stressful environment.
Our newly renovated and expanded facility offers a dynamic and collaborative learning environment for students in the schools of Nursing, Pharmacy and Physical Therapy. The center offers 12 rooms and is modeled to represent a full health center including hospital, outpatient, physical therapy and home care environments. Students put classroom lessons into practice, gain hands-on experience working as a member of a health care team, and hone the very skills that will enable them to move patient care forward.
A few fun facts about our simulation mannequin friends:
- We have over 15 mannequins ranging in fidelity, including 5 pediatric patient simulators.
- High-fidelity mannequins are the most life-like. They have blinking eyes, pupils that can dilate based on sensitivity to light, and their chest rises when they breathe.
- Both high and medium fidelity mannequins have heart, lung, bowel and voice sounds, interchangeable limbs as well as pulse points all the way through their lower extremities.
- Mannequins are wirelessly controlled by faculty from outside the room. Vital signs will change based on the students' actions.
- Students can take blood pressure readings and even administer IV's for real life-like scenarios.
The lab is used in multiple classes across all RHCHP programs. Webcam and microphones in each room allow for live listening and viewing, as well as recording for later review and enhanced learning. The computers in each room of the center allow students to practice point-of-care documentation, again simulating real scenarios in health care practice today.
The simulation lab illustrates the college’s growing emphasis on interprofessional education. Work is underway to identify and create more opportunities to bring together students from the schools of Nursing, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy and Counseling and more closely infuse interprofessional learning into the curriculum.
This is just one example of how Regis University takes education to new levels with ongoing use of innovated and effective teaching practices which enable students to excel in clinical excellence in today's ever evolving healthcare environment.