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).
Kim Leighton, PhD, RN, CNE
Dean of Educational Technology
BryanLGH College of Health Sciences
5035 Everett Street
Lincoln, NE 68506