April 15, 2010

VUSN’s simulation lab named Laerdal Center of Excellence

VUSN’s simulation lab named Laerdal Center of Excellence

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing's Clinical Simulation Lab was recently designated a Laerdal Center of Excellence — one of only 16 educational institutions in the nation to receive this honor.

The designation is awarded to educational centers that have demonstrated excellence in educational philosophy and designed programs to help save lives.

“This is a wonderful achievement,” said Betsy Weiner, Ph.D., R.N., senior associate dean for Informatics. “This award reflects how simulation is embedded throughout our program with our students as well as faculty presenting and publishing on various simulated learning subjects.”

The School's 10-bed simulation lab has a wide range of low, medium and high fidelity equipment that is supported by Sally Miller, M.S.N., R.N., Skills and Simulation Lab manager, who also put the application together.

The school's approach involves maximum hands-on time for students to practice their skills, with a detailed check-off system and comprehensive debriefing opportunities.

“Simulation is about providing a safe environment for our students to learn principles and techniques well before they ever have the opportunity to work with real patients,” said Weiner.

VUSN faculty have shared their simulation knowledge across the country through pilot studies and presentations at national conferences.

Additionally, VUSN has received two major Health Resources Administration grants totaling $2.9 million to explore simulation technology and faculty development.