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Allied Health Professions

Students in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia within the School of Allied Health Professions start using simulation in their very first semester and continue throughout the entire curriculum. Simulation programs are tightly coupled with the didactic curriculum, providing an opportunity for students to assimilate knowledge with behavior and performance with no risk to a real patient.

Students are able to repeat difficult procedures integral to the practice of nurse anesthesia, including proper mask ventilation, tracheal intubation and invasive lines in the central vasculature. Simulation allows the learner to talk through the critical steps of each procedure with an instructor with ample time to learn correctly. They also experience managing critical incidents that rarely occur in clinical practice. 

Center for Research in Human Simulation

The Center for Research in Human Simulation occupies more than 1,500 square feet of space in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia. The simulation lab, which can accommodate up to 40 participants per session, features five full-body patient simulators, including adult, pediatric and infant models, providing the unique opportunity for clinical interventions and medication administration relevant to pediatric and adult anesthesia practice. The “patients” are used in operating room, critical care or emergency medical settings, accompanied by all of the equipment one would expect to see in an anesthesia environment.

Nurse anesthesia students also regularly use less dynamic task trainers, including airway mannequins to practice basic and advanced airway management skills; vascular access simulators for both venous, arterial and central venous access; epidural simulators; and fiber optic bronchoscope dexterity trainers.

State-of-the-art audiovisual equipment enables instructors to record training activities and provide detailed debriefings for simulation participants. The center houses an adjoining classroom and on-site conference room that offers live viewing from the simulation lab. Distance technologies can engage off-campus students, increasing the simulation lab’s learner capacity to nearly 100 participants.

For more information, visit the Center for Research in Human Simulation website.