History of North Texas Regional Simulation Center
The North Texas Regional Simulation Center was developed in response to both the rising nursing and nursing faculty shortage through the use of a Nursing Innovation Grant. Initial funding was provided by a NIGP-D grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The goals of the project were to increase the number of students admitted to clinical courses at Midwestern State University and Vernon College, pilot the implementation of a collaborative regional simulation center, evaluate the effectiveness of a simulation center on graduates’ perceived clinical competence, and determine the cost-effectiveness of a center.
To meet those goals the North Central Texas Health Care (NCTHC) Consortium was created. The consortium was a collaborative effort between United Regional Health Care System, Midwestern State University and Vernon College. Membership of the consortium included representatives from each entity. The board develops policies and provides for the administrative supervision of the North Texas Regional Simulation Center. The Regional Simulation Center was staffed by a MSN director, four BSN educators, a computer technician and an administrative assistant. The center was located in a 3,410 square foot renovated nursing unit at the partnering hospital. Scenarios would be developed to use with hi-fidelity manikins for the teaching and assessment of competencies of the students and staff. Initially four hi-fidelity adult manikins, two hi-fidelity infant manikins and two low-fidelity manikins were purchased along with the virtual intravenous system from Laerdal Corporation. Click here to view Sim Lab Tour
· The collaboration among the local hospital and schools of nursing provides an opportunity to clarify expectations of competency of new graduates
· Provides the learner with the opportunity to work with high risk patient situations in a safe environment
· The use of BSN educators in the
· Simulation effectively increases students’ sense of competence
· Cost-effectiveness of the
After the grant expired the NCTHC consortium continued to fund the
Facilitate learning for multidisciplinary healthcare providers in an innovative environment which stimulates clinical imagination and competence.
· Provides opportunities which allow the learner(s) to participate in clinical experiences in a non-threatening, safe, and structured environment through the use of both high and low fidelity patient simulators, psychomotor skills labs, role-modeling and other learning strategies.
· Collaborates with consortium faculty in the development of scenarios using evidence based practice which are challenging for the learners and meet individual program outcomes.
· Facilitates learning from BSN Educators with clinical expertise in clinical simulation thereby relieving the academic faculty to focus on classroom instruction and provide clinical support to the learners in the practice environment.
· Models lifelong learning skills by supporting staff personal and professional endeavors for furthering their advance education.
· Validates competencies for participants through the use of clinical simulation experiences.
· Build strong clinical skills and clinical imagination
· Augment lifelong learning.
· Promote safe, compassionate, and quality patient care for the healthcare consumer.
|SimMan TM Manikin:|
The SimMan manikin allows instructors to immerse students in a realistic situation where they will be required to diagnose patient scenarios and develop skills needed in real world situations.
|Virtual IV Simulator:|
The Virtual IV simulator allows students to practice scenarios involving choosing equipment and inserting IV tubes to increase competency in a low-risk setting.
|United Regional Health Care System|
Children's Miracle Network (CMN),an international, nonprofit fundraising organization benefiting 170 member hospitals in North America.
United Regional is the only full-service hospital within its 9-county primary service area and 11-county secondary service area.
United Regional Health Care System website »
|Wilson School of Nursing|
MSU, a comprehensive university with over 6,000 students, offers BSN and MSN programs. Enrollment in the BSN Program clinical courses has increased 77% from fall 2003 to fall 2004.
School of nursing homepage »
Vernon College, a rural community college serving a 12 county service area, offers the Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN).
Vernon College website »