National Simulation Event Unveils Cutting-Edge Technology to Enhance Learning

11/18/04    Portland, Ore.

WHAT: A two-day event showing what simulation learning is all about, how it can benefit health care students, and trends in this state-of-the-art technology.

Laerdal, the manufacturer of SimMan, a high-fidelity, extremely realistic interactive simulation mannequin, is the sponsor of this National Simulation User Group Meeting. More than 200 attendees are expected.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 19, and Saturday, Nov. 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

WHERE: Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, 921 S.W. Sixth Ave., Portland

WHO: An informative session scheduled for Friday from 8:15 to 9 a.m. is "State-Wide Simulation: It Can Be Done," presented by Bonnie Driggers, M.S., M.P.A., R.N., assistant professor, OHSU School of Nursing, and Michael Seropian, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., associate professor, OHSU schools of Nursing and Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Peri-Operative Medicine; co-directors of the Oregon Health & Science University Simulation and Clinical Learning Center. Driggers and Seropian are national experts on the use of statewide simulation program development.

DETAILS: The OHSU Simulation & Clinical Learning Center, a 6,000 square-foot facility, is the collaborative vision of the OHSU schools of Medicine and Nursing. Computer-based software, skill task trainers and high fidelity simulation are available. The center is committed to multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary education, research, development and outreach with a focus on excellence in patient care. Simulation learning gives educators the ability to challenge and test students' clinical and decision-making skills during realistic patient-care scenarios.

Simulation is being used in part to ease the shortage of nurses and other health care providers. Simulation education is an adjunct to clinical practice that helps the learner be better prepared, more confident and efficient, and ultimately more competent. This not only translates into more health care providers, but superior patient care. Simulation labs being planned at 16 sites across the state.

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