Certificate Courses

What is simulation training?

Simulation-based training uses high-tech, or computerized, mannequins operated by simulation specialists to create simulated pediatric or neonatal emergencies. These realistic situations, called scenarios, reproduce a clinical environment that provides some of the same physical challenges and mental stressors one would have in the real environment. It is important for health care teams to be to function in these stressful, chaotic environments, to understand each other’s roles, and to learn how to communicate in crisis situations without risk to a real patient.

What is debriefing?

Debriefing is a time to explore the team’s response to the emergency immediately after the simulation scenario ends. The simulation scenario experience is often an intense, life-like experience. Thoughtful reflection and discussion afterward helps participants self-reflect and sort out what happened and why. Participants view selected scenes from the recorded simulation scenario that highlight key educational points. Instructors, trained in techniques of debriefing, act as facilitators, as colleagues identify what went well and where improvements might be made.

How is simulation different from traditional training?

The traditional professional training model includes the “read-observe-apprenticeship” model. Pediatric and neonatal emergency situations don’t happen often enough for healthcare providers and students to actively participate and gain experience in these critical events. Simulation training provides the opportunity to repeatedly practice high-risk events that occur infrequently.

Simulation training is hands-on experiential training without risk to a patient. The training environment can be manipulated to reach core objectives around cognitive (knowledge) skills, psychomotor (procedural) skills, and behavioral (team/communication) skills. The instructors act only as facilitators helping the team members to learn from each other.

What are the benefits of simulation training?

At the conclusion of a simulation course, our goals are that staff will:

  • Feel more confident.
  • Have a greater skill mastery.
  • Have been “pushed” beyond their comfort zone – stretched beyond what is currently familiar.
  • Have a greater understanding of the power and necessity of functioning as a team.
  • Have strategies to apply what has been learned to their own clinical practice.

How is a simulation course structured?

Each simulation session lasts approximately one hour. There is a brief introduction, depending on the experience of the participants. The actual simulation scenario takes place in the first 20 minutes. The balance of the hour is spent debriefing the team’s response to the emergency. Typically, three simulation sessions are conducted in a half-day course, and as many as six simulation sessions are conducted in a full day course.

Who is on a typical team?

A complete team could include RN’s, MD’s, APRN’s, pharmacists, respiratory care practitioners, EMT’s, or any other combination of positions that your organization would typically deploy in an emergency.
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How many people participate in each simulation?
Between four and eight team members participate in each 3 hour simulation session (2 sessions per day, 1 team for each session). The role may be that of participant or observer during selected scenarios. The team then debriefs the scenario together.

What do I do in a typical course? 

Each simulation course begins with a welcome and introduction. During this time you will be introduced to simulation and the use of digital recording in debriefing. The importance of confidentiality, both around the scenarios presented, as well as the performance of those in the simulator will be reviewed at this time. Consents for recording will be completed.

The second portion of the course will focus on the orientation to the environment in which you will practice. Time will be provided to familiarize yourself with the physical components (patients, devices, medications, etc.) of the simulator.

The rest of the course will be spent actively participating in scenarios designed to simulate emergency situations that you would come upon in your practice. Come prepared to “play like it is real”. You will perform in a role as you would in a real-life emergency situation. The session is recorded and will be used to debrief around the team’s performance.

At the conclusion of the course, you will be asked to complete an evaluation.

Why is confidentiality in the simulator so important?

Because participants will often be stretched beyond what is familiar to them, mistakes are expected. It is important that team members feel safe in the simulated environment so they can fully participate. Discussions about individual or team performance cannot occur outside of their Simulation Center experience. Discussions outside of the Simulation Center must be confined to describing personal experiences with the Simulation Center in general.

In addition, it is important to keep the clinical details of each scenario confidential so future teams can gain the same experience from the same scenario.

How can I get ready for a typical course?

Get a lot of rest the night before the course – it is a long day and can be somewhat stressful.

Be up to date on your organization’s policies and procedures around responding to emergencies.
Review BLS/PALS/NRP guidelines and response algorithms as they apply to your specialty practice.
Relax! This is the time to make mistakes, and ask a lot of questions – it is a risk-free environment.

What should I wear to the simulation course?

Wear what you would typically wear in the course of your clinical work day – scrubs, uniform, etc. Bring a stethoscope or other cognitive aids you might bring to work with you.

What is the cost and how are fees set?

Program fees are based on full-day training programs. The cost is $3,400 per day, which includes 2 half-days of training (on the same day) for two groups of up to 8 people per group.

Due to the high cost of fuel, we also charge $2 per mile, up to 500 miles, to help cover costs. There is no charge for more than 500 miles.

How do I enroll a team in the program?

Contact the Simulation Center via phone or e-mail. Our phone number is (612) 813-6988 and our email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Can I enroll individually?

Not at this time. Please contact us if you would like to see simulation training provided for your professional group or staff.

Is CME/CEU available?

Continuing education credits are available for all participants. Certificates will be provided upon completion of training.

What kind of electrical and parking accommodations does your organization need to provide for the mobile simulation center?

  • 50 amp service is preferred. We can discuss plans with your facilities department.
  • 70 linear feet of level parking space
  • Safe access to the bus for participants

Select a course: 

A typical day long Simulation program includes 2 half-day sessions for two different teams of up to 8 people on each team. Each half-day session includes 2 to 3 different scenarios. Having teams from several disciplines will increase the impact of this training. Include physicians, RN’s, EMT’s or paramedics, and respiratory therapy, lab, radiology or pharmacy to create a real-life situation, as it would occur in your organization.

Each simulation course begins with a welcome and introduction. During this time you will be introduced to simulation and the use of digital recording in debriefing. The importance of confidentiality, both around the scenarios presented, and the performance of those in the simulator, will be reviewed at this time. Consents will be completed.

For the next few minutes the course will focus on the orientation to the environment in which you will practice. Time will be provided to familiarize yourself with the physical components (patients, devices, medications, etc.) of the simulator.

About 15 minutes of the course will be spent actively participating in scenarios designed to simulate emergency situations that you would come upon in your practice. Come prepared to “play like it is real”. You will perform in a role as you would in a real-life emergency situation. The session is recorded and the balance of the hour (about 30 minutes) will be used to debrief around the team’s performance.

At the conclusion of the course, you will be asked to complete an evaluation.

1. Simulated Pediatric Resuscitation Team Training 

“Putting PALS and Crisis Resource Management into practice”

This course creates realistic, dynamic, pediatric emergency situations that require health care personnel to apply their knowledge of PALS guidelines, and utilize technical and clinical decision-making skills in their response as a team.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the unique healthcare needs and challenges of caring for children while collectively serving pediatric patients and their families.
  • Work together with colleagues to improve team response.
  • Identify cognitive, technical, and behavioral skills necessary to execute appropriate responses to critical medical events.
  • Practice these skills in a realistic simulated environment that simulates the dynamic nature of the clinical setting in which each team practices.

Half-day program

  • Introduction to Simulation – Crisis Resource Management & Becoming Reflective Healthcare practitioners
  • 3 Simulation Scenarios and Debriefing
  • Wrap up and Evaluation

Full-day program 

  • Introduction to Simulation – Crisis Resource Management & Becoming Reflective Healthcare practitioners
  • Simulation Scenarios and Debriefing (3)
  • Lunch
  • Simulation Scenarios and Debriefing (2-3)
  • Wrap up and Evaluation

2. Simulated Pediatric Rapid Response Team Training 

“Early recognition of a child’s deteriorating condition”

This course creates realistic, dynamic, pediatric emergency situations requiring health care personnel to perform pediatric assessments and apply initial basic life support interventions. Participants will apply their knowledge of pediatric assessment and response in order to stabilize pediatric patients until appropriate help can be summoned.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the unique healthcare needs and challenges of caring for children while collectively serving pediatric patients and their families.
  • Apply pediatric assessment skills to recognize a child’s deteriorating condition.
  • Utilize effective communication to summon help early.
  • Identify cognitive, technical, and behavioral skills necessary to execute appropriate responses to critical medical events.
  • Practice these skills in a realistic simulated environment that simulates the dynamic nature of the clinical setting in which each participant practices.

Half-day program

  • Introduction to Simulation – Crisis Resource Management & Becoming Reflective Healthcare practitioners
  • 3 Simulation Scenarios and Debriefing
  • Wrap up and Evaluation

Full-day program

  • Introduction to Simulation – Crisis Resource Management & Becoming Reflective Healthcare practitioners
  • Simulation Scenarios and Debriefing (3)
  • Lunch
  • Simulation Scenarios and Debriefing (2-3)
  • Wrap up and Evaluation

3. Simulated Response and Stabilization of the Critically Ill Neonate 

“Putting NRP and the S.T.A.B.L.E. program into practice”

This course creates realistic, dynamic, neonatal emergency situations that require health care personnel to apply their knowledge of NRP and S.T.A.B.L.E. guidelines, while utilizing technical and clinical decision-making skills in their response as a team.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the unique healthcare needs and challenges of caring for neonates while collectively serving the neonatal patients and their families.
  • Work together with colleagues to improve team response.
  • Identify cognitive, technical, and behavioral skills necessary to execute appropriate responses to critical medical events.
  • Practice these skills in a realistic simulated environment that simulates the dynamic nature of the clinical setting in which each team practices.

Half-day program | Request Enrollment

  • Introduction to Simulation – Crisis Resource Management & Becoming Reflective Healthcare practitioners
  • 3 Simulation Scenarios and Debriefing
  • Wrap up and Evaluation

Full-day program

  • Introduction to Simulation – Crisis Resource Management & Becoming Reflective Healthcare practitioners
  • Simulation Scenarios and Debriefing (3)
  • Lunch
  • Simulation Scenarios and Debriefing (2-3)
  • Wrap up and Evaluation

STABLE is a one-day course that provides general guidelines for the assessment and stabilization of sick infants in the post resuscitation/pre-transport period.

Target Audience: Neonatal nurses.

Course Objectives:

1. Identify neonatal risk factors, symptoms and treatment for hypoglycemia.

2. State the detrimental effects of hypothermia.

3. Describe basic evaluation of neonatal respiratory distress.

4. Identify types and signs of shock in sepsis.

5. Describe the clinical signs of sepsis.

6. Describe ways hospital caregivers can support parents of sick newborns.

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 7.5 continuing nursing education hours.

For more information and to register, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Neonatal Outreach Nurse Liaison, (612) 813-6904.

NRP Certification


Target Audience:
Physicians responsible for the care of neonates
*(Courses are also offered at the Simulation Center for hospital or clinic groups).

Course Objectives:
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
1. List the three primary signs used for evaluation of the newborn during resuscitation.

2. State the effect oxygen has on pulmonary blood flow after birth and why hypoxia causes problems during newborn transition.

3. List in correct sequence the initial steps in resuscitation of the newborn.

4. Describe the management of a newborn with meconium.

5. Demonstrate the correct preparation and method of administration for epinephrine and volume expanders and how to assess for effectiveness.

6. Demonstrate knowledge of neonatal resuscitation by successfully completing the NRP written evaluation.

7. Demonstrate appropriate resuscitation procedures in proper sequence for a compromised newborn.

The course will be held at the Children's Simulation Center, 2424 Territorial Road in St Paul. Cost for the course is $150.

2014 Dates:
January 23
February 12
March 20
April 16
May 22
June 18
September 17
October 16
December 3

CME and NRP Completion Cards will be awarded following course completion. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Neonatal Outreach Liaison with any questions about this course or to schedule a course for groups.