(EFFINGHAM, IL) – Recently, a mobile simulation unit from St. John’s College in Springfield allowed nurses at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital to learn, practice and enhance their skills in a safe, risk-free environment.
The simulation unit uses high fidelity manikins that can talk, cry, change their facial expressions, and breathe with real breath sounds, heart tones and palpable pulses. In addition, the manikins have monitors that can display EKG, pulse oximeter, blood pressure, etc. to be as realistic as possible.
HSHS St. Anthony’s nurses trained on five different health care scenarios: A pediatric accidental overdose of an opioid; a pediatric electrical shock leading to ventricular tachycardia (rapid heartbeat); an adult receiving blood and going into anaphylactic shock; an adult with altered mental status going into septic shock; and an adult going through alcohol withdrawal.
Clinical Nurse Educator Kristi Smith shared why simulations such as these are used in nursing education. “Enacting these scenarios through simulations gives nurses a realistic hands-on experience to better prepare them for the routine and unexpected events they can encounter in the actual clinical environment,” she said. “Each interaction with the patient manikins can be recorded so the nurses and their leaders can review the practice scenario to learn what went well and what should be done differently in the future.”
St. Anthony’s nurse Donna Smith shared how the mobile simulation unit was helpful. “Being in a simulation, you were able to work through the situation on a life-like emergency and come up with a solution to the problem. This is a good reminder of all the little things that can come up in a real-life case.”
Nurse Mindy Taphorn agreed with Smith on the effectiveness of the simulations. “Simulating real-life situations is really helpful in developing our critical-thinking skills, essential for our line of work,” said Taphorn.
The mobile simulation unit was made possible through a grant St. John's College of Nursing received from the Renaissance Quality Insurance, Ltd. to assist with nursing education to impact the quality and safety of nursing care in the Central and Southern Illinois Division hospitals and the Wisconsin Division hospitals. Visit sjcs.edu/mobilesim for more information about St. John’s College of Nursing’s mobile simulation unit.
Photo #1: A mobile simulation unit from St. John’s College in Springfield recently allowed nurses at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital to learn, practice and enhance their skills in a safe, risk-free environment.
Photo #2: Karla Dixon, RN, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital nurse supervisor (left in photo), being assisted by Kristi Smith, RN, Sty. Anthony’s clinical nurse educator (center), demonstrates a child needing emergency CPR as Gregory Katar, RN, Simulation Center Coordination (hidden), tracks the computer-generates scenario and how the CPR is helping the “patient.”