Simulation Center Courses

Take a minute to learn more about our typical simulation format, then review details about some of the courses we provide regularly:

Typical simulation format

A typical day-long simulation program includes two half-day sessions for two different teams with up to eight people on each team. Each half-day session includes 2-3 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.

The next few minutes 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.

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.


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.

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.

Agenda:

  • Half-day program
    • Introduction to simulation: Crisis Resource Management & Becoming Reflective Healthcare Practitioners
    • Three simulation scenarios and debriefing
    • Wrap up and evaluation
  • Full-day program
    • Introduction to Simulation: Crisis Resource Management & Becoming Reflective Healthcare Practitioners
    • Three simulation scenarios and debriefing
    • Lunch
    • Two or three simulation scenarios and debriefing
    • Wrap up and evaluation

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 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.

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.

Agenda:

  • Half-day program
    • Introduction to simulation: Crisis Resource Management & Becoming Reflective Healthcare Practitioners
    • Three simulation scenarios and debriefing
    • Wrap up and evaluation
  • Full-day program
    • Introduction to Simulation: Crisis Resource Management & Becoming Reflective Healthcare Practitioners
    • Three simulation scenarios and debriefing
    • Lunch
    • Two or three simulation scenarios and debriefing
    • Wrap up and evaluation

STABLE

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.

Objectives:

  • Identify neonatal risk factors, symptoms and treatment for hypoglycemia
  • State the detrimental effects of hypothermia
  • Describe basic evaluation of neonatal respiratory distress
  • Identify types and signs of shock in sepsis
  • Describe the clinical signs of sepsis
  • 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. The course is worth 7.5 continuing nursing education hours.

For more information and to register, contact Jill Bauer, MA, RN, Neonatal Outreach Nurse Liaison, 952-992-5281.

NRP Certification

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

Objectives:

  • List the three primary signs used for evaluation of the newborn during resuscitation
  • State the effect oxygen has on pulmonary blood flow after birth and why hypoxia causes problems during newborn transition
  • List in correct sequence the initial steps in resuscitation of the newborn
  • Describe the management of a newborn with meconium
  • Demonstrate the correct preparation and method of administration for epinephrine and volume expanders and how to assess for effectiveness
  • Demonstrate knowledge of neonatal resuscitation by successfully completing the NRP written evaluation
  • 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. CME and NRP completion cards will be awarded following course completion. Contact Jill Bauer, MA, RN, Neonatal Outreach Nurse Liaison at 952-992-5281 with any questions about this course or to schedule a course for groups.

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