Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
PVAMC's Interprofessional Simulation Center Opens its Doors
On August 23, the Providence VA Medical Center held an open house for its new Interprofessional Simulation Center.
Just what is an Interprofessional Simulation Center?
According to Judy Murphy, PhD, RN, CNE, a member of the VA Nursing Academy at the Providence VA Medical Center and the project lead for the new Interprofessional Simulation Center, the mission of the Center is to provide individualized learning activities for VA employees focused on quality improvement and patient safety. All learning activities are aligned with the Professional Nursing Practice Model and will focus on enhancing vigilance by promoting reflective practice to keep our patients safer. The new Center incorporates EMS or Education Management Solution’s Simulation Management Technology, allowing instructors to track progress and record live simulation training events.
Simulation is an innovative teaching\learning technique that provides healthcare providers and staff a new way to learn skills and to practice communication, leadership, decision making, and team skills in a safe environment. Learners can make errors and learn from their mistakes without causing harm. Simulations may occur on the unit, or in the new Center, which is located in the basement of the Medical Center in room D011. The new Center has two simulators--an Advanced Life Support (ALS) simulator and a MegaCode Kelly (MCK) simulator. A simulator is a computerized full body mannequin that can be programmed to mimic a patient, including responding to questions and asking the provider to perform important safety measures such as hand washing and the use of the two-patient identifier protocol before providing direct care. There are also several task trainers that focus on key competencies such as CPR, central line insertions, and suturing; as well as a task trainer specific to the care of women Veterans.
The Providence VAMC’s Interprofessional Simulation Center consists of two rooms – one equipped with two mannequins, and the other set up as a control/debriefing room. Dr. Murphy plans to expand the Simulation Center once she is able to demonstrate active use of the center and enhanced outcomes. She has big plans for the Simulation Center: “My goal is to provide staff with an opportunity to practice patient care, including invasive procedures, emergency care, and routine protocols while adhering to National Patient Safety Goals.”
To view photos of this morning’s ribbon cut for the new Simulation Center, please visit our Facebook page.