About the Simulation Program
The simulation program at SF State School of Nursing began with one high fidelity adult simulator and an infant simulator in 2005. However, these devices were used sparingly until 2008 when one pediatric clinical faculty member developed scenarios for the infant, piloted them, and began providing clinical hours for Pediatric students in a temporary building while the School of Nursing space in Burk Hall nursing was undergoing a complete remodel. The new Nursing Simulation Complex opened in 2009 with over 3,500 square feet of education space, including a renovated Nursing Interventions Classroom (NIC) and a high-fidelity Experiential Learning Suite (ELS) containing four separate bays for Pediatrics, Maternity, Adult Medical Surgical, and Intensive Care patients. In 2011, three clinical examination rooms were converted for use with standardized patients.
The simulation program has expanded greatly since those early days, challenging nursing students to utilize their nursing, communication, and clinical decision-making skills in the context of a real hospital or clinic setting. Along with the original adult and infant simulators, two new high-fidelity patient simulators for labor and delivery and critical care have been added. Standardized patient simulation has likewise expanded under our Standardized Patient Trainer, Jessica Risco, to include training with multi-part unfolding cases in Mental Health, Community Health, Reproductive Health, and physical examination training for the Nurse Practitioner Program.
Guided by the INACSL Standards of Best Practice, the nursing simulation team is working towards accreditation by the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). Several faculty members have conducted research at the SFSU Simulation Lab and have shared their findings with colleagues at the INACSL and IMSH conferences. Additionally, two members of our core simulation team, Dr. Kathleen L. Shea and Mr. Edward Rovera, have become certified as healthcare simulation educators (CHSE). Mr. Rovera also holds the certification as a healthcare simulation operations specialist (CHSOS).
Currently, the simulation staff and faculty conduct 70+ four to eight-hour simulation sessions per semester and are continually striving to improve faculty development, efficiency, and implementation of simulation in the School of Nursing.