Simulation Centers and Faculty/Staff Development

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New Clinical Simulation Lab
by Sister Agnes Cummings - Thursday, July 30, 2009, 10:23 AM

To Whom It May Concern,

     My name is Sister Agnes Marie Cummings, IHM, and I am the Director of the Clinical Simulation Laboratory at Immaculata University.  We are beginning a clinical simulation lab from the grass roots here at Immaculata, and I am requesting assistance or guidance for a checklist of steps to take, inventory of entire healthcare continuum simulations or suggestions for optimal use of our simulation lab.  The NLN book was very helpful in the beginning, and now I need further instruction in semantics:  how to write modules of learning according to course selection, or general knowledge/orientation for clinical modules, and information about grants or available in-services.  Our projected timeline for opening  is January 2010, and I would appreciate anything that you could do.  Blessings.  Sister Agnes Marie, IHM


Sister Agnes Marie Cummings, IHM, MSN, RN

Immaculata University Nursing Instructor

Gillet Hall Convent

1145 King Road

Immaculata, PA 19345


(610) 647-4400 X3670


"We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." 


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Re: New Clinical Simulation Lab
by Cheryl Landis - Thursday, July 30, 2009, 11:18 AM

I recommend taking the NLN course entitled Developing a Simulation Lab. I just completed it and found it to be helpful. You can find this on the SIRC Web site.

Cheryl Landis MSN RN

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Re: New Clinical Simulation Lab
by Cheryl Landis - Friday, July 31, 2009, 2:08 PM

I assume you mean the book entitled, Simulation in Nursing Education From Conceptualization to Evaluation, by P Jeffries. I have the book but have only scanned it at this point in time. Probably the course is patterned after concepts in the book. May I recommend the following 2 books which I have found helpful:

  • High-Fidelity Patient Simulation in Nursing Education, Wendy M. Nehring and Felissa R. Lashley, 2010.
  • Simulation Scenarios for Nurse Educators: Making It Real, Edited by Suzanne Hetzel Campbell and Karen M. Daley, 2009

I may have said this earlier...but I continue to be in the developing stages as well.

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Re: New Clinical Simulation Lab
by Karen Troppman - Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 6:39 PM
smile Good Evening Sister, My name is Karen Troppman and I am a Simulation Lab Specialist at Delaware County Community College in Media. I work in our Nursing and Allied Health Simulation Lab here on the main campus. Two years ago we opened a new Simulation Lab here at a cost of 1.8 million. Eight hundred thousand of that was spent on equipment including several simulators from Laerdal. If you would like, being that we are in such close proximity to each other, I would be happy to have you come here to see what we have and answer any questions you may have regarding your project. Looking forward to speaking with you in the near future, Karen Troppman RN BSN
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Re: New Clinical Simulation Lab
by Cheryl Landis - Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 12:57 PM

Hi Karen,

Would love to meet with you. Can you email me your info (phone # etc)?  Send to Thanks!

Cheryl Landis