Simulation Centers and Faculty/Staff Development

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Simulation Lab Open Houses
by Joe Corvino - Thursday, February 26, 2009, 2:39 PM

I'm curious if your admissions department schedules the simulation lab/center for tours on open house dates...if so do you have a format for visitors, drop in, groups, etc.?  How do you present the lab information to visitors?

I understand that the lab is an obvious marketing piece to potential students but I often question the role of the lab staff during an open house...

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Simulation Lab Open Houses
by Andrea Ackermann - Thursday, February 26, 2009, 3:27 PM
Interesting that you ask. We just had an open house last Sunday for the college organized by admissions; there is one every month. It was my turn to present nursing. We do a 45 minute presentation in the lecture hall on the nursing programs with questions and answers and then have tours through the labs. Nursing student volunteers lead the tour groups and the nursing faculty for the day opens up the labs and is there to answer questions. The student volunteers have gone through a learning session on how to present the tours through the labs as well as college tours. This is all done through admissions. It is working well and the number of families of prospective students attending each open house is growing.


Andrea D. Ackermann PhD, RN,CCRN
Associate Professor of Nursing
Director of Simulation and Clinical Learning
Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Ave.
Newburgh, NY 12550
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Re: Simulation Lab Open Houses
by Kim Leighton - Friday, February 27, 2009, 11:25 AM


Our process is almost exactly the same as Andrea's for our open houses. The attendees are broken into tour groups and rotate through the sim lab. A trained student is the guide and a faculty member is present to respond to questions beyond the student's ability. I have found that a 'show and tell' approach works just fine. We put out stethoscopes and alcohol wipes and encourage people to listen to the sounds. The waveform display is on also. People are typically fascinated just seeing the simulator's chest move when he breathes, his blinking, and feeling pulses. Stops in the sim lab are often hard to move people from and we tend to bog down the schedule :-) I also have some brochures for the simulation equipment handy as invariably, someone wants more detailed information as many parents are themselves in the medical/nursing field.

We're pretty used to tours because every prospective student is taken to the simulation lab on their tour when they come to visit campus. Again, the tour guide is a student who has been trained and given the appropriate information. The general rule of thumb is that if a simulation is in session, they come into the control room and observe from there. If none in session, than they go on in the room. They usually are only in there a couple of minutes so its not distracting to the computer operator (who tries to talk to the people if the timing is right).

Good luck!

Kim Leighton, PhD, RN, CNE

Dean of Educational Technology

BryanLGH College of Health Sciences

5035 Everett Street

Lincoln, NE 68506


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Re: Simulation Lab Open Houses
by Jodi Nelson - Saturday, February 28, 2009, 12:19 PM

Kim's my Dean and she wrote a great overview of how tours work. approve We do have a lot of groups going through our lab because we want our lab to be visible to our community. One thing we changed at the last open house for prospective students and families was to do a quick presentation to the large group prior to the tours. We had a camera/video system set up so my presenation could take place in the lab and be seen in our large classroom on the large screens. That's when I explained how simulation works and what could be done in the labs. Then when they toured they could use all the time for hands on. It worked well and we'll continue to do it this way.

Jodi Nelson, RN MSN CNE

BryanLGH College of Health Sciences

Lincoln, Nebraska

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Re: Simulation Lab Open Houses
by cynthia crews - Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 2:37 PM


That is a great idea. The Center of Nursing Excellence is fairly new at the education center and I have to give several tours a week to various individuals and groups.  I never know how detailed to go on describing the equipment. Also, I think it will work well for the student initial orientation as well.  Thanks for the idea.

Cindy Crews, RN, MSN, CNE

Associate Director

The Center of Nursing Excellence

South Boston, VA

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Re: Simulation Lab Open Houses
by Steve Jordan - Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 4:07 PM
We have just received our Sim Man 3G. Our Dean is scheduling an open house in September. I have started writing a scenario for him where he will talk and show his functions. So, they will walk up to him, you start the scenario on the instructor pc, and he will say "Hi, I"m Sim Man 3 G". "Watch my pupils constrict". "Watch me sweat". "See my dressing getting saturated". Of course with will be more interactive and more dramatic than this. (hopefully) Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
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Re: Simulation Lab Open Houses
by Teresita Proctor - Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 4:48 PM
Good luck, Steve. You gave me some good ideas - we are anxiously awaiting our SimMan 3G - I just got word that it is on its way from Norway. We are also moving to a new building so an open house that features 3G is a great way to introduce him to everyone. Thanks.
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Re: Simulation Lab Open Houses
by Lynn LeBlanc - Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 5:46 PM


Did you write your Sim 3G open house scenario?  Ours Sim is coming the end of the month and we are already anticipating an open house.  If you have anything to share, I'd love to see it.