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Children’s Simulation Center St. Paul

Territorial Road Training Facility
2424 Territorial Road
St. Paul, MN 55114

Children’s Simulation Center Minneapolis

Michael and Judith Wright Family Pediatric Simulation Center
2525 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Simulation Center

Children’s Simulation Center strives to make health care safer for children by advancing patient safety within our own walls and delivering hands-on training to teams throughout the region.

What is simulation?

Healthcare simulation is a technique to replace and amplify real experiences with guided ones to evoke a “real-to-life” experience without any risk to patients and their families. Simulation-based training creates structured activities that represent actual or potential situations in practice. Simulation specialists partner with clinical experts and educators to create flexible curriculum offerings to meet a variety of needs from procedural skill training to complex team simulations. Pediatric and neonatal scenarios are brought to life by our simulation technology specialists, reproducing a clinical environment that provides some of the same physical challenges and mental stressors one would have in a real event. The simulation training experience includes:

  • Introduction to simulation and equipment
  • Simulation exercises using task trainers, low or high-fidelity mannequins or patient actors that replicate real scenarios and real-time responses
  • Debriefing with or without video review of simulation

Our programs enhance knowledge, critical care skills, clinical decision-making, communication and teamwork — all in a supportive, risk-free environment. Simulations cover everything from pediatric and neonatal stabilization algorithms and procedures to teamwork and communication training. In addition we can use actors as parents to simulate the challenges of breaking unexpected news and comforting distraught parents. Simulations prepare novice nurses and resident doctors for practice and provide practicing experts with high-risk patient care challenges to hone their teamwork and communication skills.

What to expect

Simulation can be a transformative experience for practicing healthcare professionals. Working in a simulated environment allows teams the ability to make mistakes without fear of patient harm and to gain powerful insight into potential areas for improvement. Simulation helps professionals gain confidence in leadership skills and ability to work as part of a team caring for critically ill children. Best of all, participants of all levels leave with a wealth of new skills to enhance their practice.

We believe that everyone who participates in simulation is well trained, cares about doing their best, and wants to improve.  This basic assumption provides a rich experience that includes direct feedback and respectful dialogue.

Types of simulation experiences

Children’s offers a variety of simulation experiences to meet your team’s needs:

Our staff travels into clinical areas to provide teams with risk-free training in their own environments. Simulation allows teams to test new equipment, practice protocols, uncover latent safety errors and give new facilities a “trial run” before opening — all with zero risk to patients.

Children’s 5,000-square-foot off-site training center provides an ideal setting for longer and larger trainings.  Children’s on-site simulation center provides an exact replica of a critical care room with state-of-the—art video recording, debriefing space, and an adjacent conference center.

Our 40-foot, fully equipped mobile simulation center can replicate an emergency room, delivery room or other acute care setting and brings our most popular programs to teams across the Upper Midwest. Use these specifications to prepare your facility for a visit from our mobile simulation center.

Simulation course and service options

Core courses through the Simulation Center are customized for hands-on learning for your unit or department. Most courses offer continuing education credits (CME/CEU) and certificates will be provided upon completion of the training. Some courses and services include:

Pediatric Resuscitation and Trauma Team Training

This course puts PALS, ATLS, TNCC and Crisis Resource Management (CRM) into practice. It creates realistic and dynamic pediatric emergency situations that require health care personnel to apply their knowledge, including resuscitation and trauma care science, and their technical and clinical decision-making skills in their response as a team.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the unique healthcare needs and challenges of caring for 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.

Neonatal Resuscitation 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 healthcare 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. This course is offered as a half day or full day program.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the unique healthcare needs and challenges of caring for 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.

Customized simulation services

We offer unique simulation services customized to meet the needs of your organization. Other simulation services may include but are not limited to:

  • Competency-based clinical skill training and evaluation
  • Institutional policy implementation
  • Test of new spaces, processes and equipment
  • Debriefing training

Meet the team

The simulation team at Children’s Minnesota includes top-notch leaders in the field. Our simulation specialists have decades of combined experience and have trained at some of the world’s foremost simulation science programs.

But like you, we began our careers on the front lines. We know the challenges you face in providing life-saving care to young patients. We applaud you for your commitment to lifelong learning and look forward to partnering with you.

Samreen Vora, MD, MHAM – Medical Director of Simulation

Dr. Samreen Vora is the Medical Director of Simulation at Children’s Minnesota. Dr. Vora is a Board Certified Emergency Physician who completed her medical degree from Chicago Medical School and her Emergency Medicine Residency at University of Illinois Peoria/OSF St. Francis Medical Center. Dr. Vora has a Masters in Health Care Administration and Management from Rosalind Franklin University. After EM residency, Dr. Vora pursued her passion for simulation by completing a two year fellowship in Simulation and Medical Education incorporating a Masters in Health Professions Education at University of Illinois at Chicago. During this time she worked as an attending physician at multiple Emergency Departments throughout the Chicagoland area. Dr. Vora was part of the Emergency Medicine Simulation Fellowship Curriculum Development Taskforce and worked with a team to publish national curriculum guidelines for EM Simulation Fellowships. Dr. Vora has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of Simulation and Medical Education topics. Dr. Vora’s current research focuses on the role of implicit bias in Simulation Education as well as the development of Simulation Based Mastery Learning (SBML) curricula for multidisciplinary healthcare professionals.

Karen Mathias, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC – Director of Simulation

Karen has been part of the simulation community for over 15 years.  In 2007, Karen launched the Children’s Minnesota Simulation Program, leading the development of the first mobile simulation center in the country dedicated solely to pediatric and neonatal training. Under Karen’s leadership, the Simulation program received full accreditation in the areas of Teaching and Education and Systems Integration from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in 2015. Karen was a co-investigator for a Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant targeting improved Emergency Department (ED) team performance and was subsequently named a Densford Clinical Scholar to further develop ED crisis resource management simulation curricula. Karen received her Master’s in pediatric critical care nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Karen has pursued specialized training in simulation and debriefing from Stanford’s Center for Pediatric Education (CAPE). In addition, she is trained in designing and implementing Simulation-Based Mastery Learning (SBML) curricula through Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.  Karen is a Certified Master TeamSTEPPS™ Trainer through the program at the University of Minnesota. She has presented widely both regionally and nationally.

Shannon Di Marco, BA – Operations Manager

Shannon has her BA in Public Relations and English from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Professionally, Shannon has focused on adult learners and has a specific interest in new and emerging training techniques. Prior to coming to Children’s in September, 2017, Shannon managed a research laboratory under the direction of Dr. Carla M. Pugh at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The primary focus of this research was medical education and simulation; incorporating engineer techniques and sensor technology into simulators to create best practices to assess and train clinical personnel.

Suzanne Nelson, MSN, RN, PCNS-BC, CHSE – Simulation Education Specialist

For 15 years Suzanne built pediatric nursing knowledge, through bedside work in medical-surgical and emergency department settings. During her bedside practice, Suzanne immersed herself in many practice and quality improvement projects, and obtained her Master’s Degree as a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. This combination of clinical and educational experience allowed Suzanne to become a Simulation Education Specialist at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, where she continues to pursue her passion for clinical education, patient safety and systems improvement. Suzanne has presented her work on clinical debriefing on a national and international level.

Jacob (Jake) Bauer, MSN, RN, CPN – Simulation Specialist

Jake Bauer, MSN, RN, CPN, Simulation Specialist, is a master’s prepared nursing educator with a strong background in curriculum development. Prior to working in simulation, he worked as a staff nurse in pediatrics  and also was an Instructor in Nursing for the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He has taught various undergraduate nursing courses in both the clinical and academic settings. Courses he has facilitated or instructed in these settings have included public health, adult health, leadership, and pediatrics. Jake received his Bachelor’s Degree from Winona State University and a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Nursing Education from Walden University.

Samrina Naqvi, MD, (MBBS), MHA – Simulation Education Specialist

Samrina is an ECFMG Certified MD with experience in Family Practice and Pediatrics. She is currently a student of the Executive Masters of Healthcare Administration Program at the University of Minnesota and will be graduating in December of 2019. She is ACLS and BLS certified. During her graduate studies, she developed a special interest in Medical Simulation and Patient Quality and Safety which led her to pursue a career in Healthcare Simulation. She is also leading a project in Healthcare Innovation and Transitioning to Value-based care. Samrina is committed to ongoing excellence in medical education and brings experience from her practice in both rural and urban environments.

Aaron Simpson, K., NREMT-E. CHSOS – Simulation Operations Specialist

Aaron received his National Registry Emergency Medical Technician certification from the Academy of Health Sciences in San Antonio TX in 1990. Aaron is also currently serving as a reserve Soldier in the Minnesota Army National Guard as a Medical Platoon Sergeant. He has had various positions in Emergency Medicine since 1991 and has worked as a military medical instructor for the Department of Defense teaching EMS courses and advanced medical skills for Military providers. Aaron has been working in medical simulation since 2012 and is a certified BLS, ACLS, and PHTLS instructor as well as a PALS provider.

Abdou Manjang, BS – Simulation Operations Specialist

Abdou has more than five years of experience providing direct patient care to one of the Twin Cities busiest hospitals. As a direct patient care provider, he closely worked with multiple care providers in the Critical Care Unit, ICU, Emergency Department and the Mental Health Unit. Prior to joining the Children’s Simulation Department, Abdou worked in the Children’s Volunteer Services Department as a Volunteer Coordinator.  Abdou obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s in Healthcare Administration at Minnesota State University Moorhead, in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Crystal Walker – Administrative Assistant

Crystal Walker is the Administrative Assistant for the Simulation Center, supporting Dr. Samreen Vora, Karen Mathias and the entire Simulation staff.  She brings over 18 years of administrative experience supporting executive level leaders, departments and staff.  Crystal’s expertise includes her advanced knowledge of the many programs in Microsoft Office, her ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects, tasks and her strong analytical and reporting skills making her an invaluable asset to the Simulation team.  Behind the scenes Crystal helps the Simulation Center staff with scheduling, meeting planning, and many of our other day to day needs giving us the opportunity to focus on delivering the best Simulation experience for our learners.

Suad Nur – Simulation Center Student Intern

Suad is our Simulation Center Intern who is currently attending Dougherty Family College through the University of St. Thomas. Suad’s interest in the health care developed when she spent some time volunteering at North Memorial Hospital where she assisted with discharge services. Since joining the Simulation team, Suad has used her impeccable organizational skills to help prepare our team for our 2020 Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) re-accreditation work along with compiling data that we collect from the courses and simulations run within the department. Suad will join us throughout the winter to continue to assist the Simulation Center in the G-Tube Research Project as a Research Assistant.