CSU, Chico News

Simulation Center Coordinator Selected for Advanced Training

Date: 10-21-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Becky Damazo, faculty member at California State University, Chico’s School of Nursing, is one of six nursing professionals in the state to be selected for an advanced training program in clinical simulation. She is one of only three who will focus on pediatric and perinatal health.

The training is sponsored by the Bay Area Simulation Collaborative. Damazo will do the apprenticeship at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Pediatric and Perinatal Education. Through this apprenticeship, Damazo will become one of the first educators in the state to be certified in the area of simulation education.

CSU, Chico, along with Butte College Nursing Program, Enloe Medical Center and Feather River Hospital, operates the Rural Northern California Clinical Simulation Center located at the Enloe Medical Center Cohasset Campus, 560 Cohasset Road, in Chico. The center opened its doors two years ago and has had more than 3,000 visits by nursing students and health professionals.

Damazo is a professor of public health nursing at CSU, Chico and the Clinical Simulation Center project coordinator.

At the center, nurses train on six life-like state-of-the-art human patient simulators. The devices are capable of mimicking illnesses, medical emergencies and other patient conditions that health professionals manage. The simulators “breathe,” make heart and lung sounds and display pulses. The new availability of human patient simulation with computer-controlled technology enables students and providers to learn, practice and repeat procedures as often as necessary to correct mistakes before they encounter a live patient in the midst of a medical emergency.

In U.S. hospitals, between 44,000 and 98,000 people die each year due to medical errors. Damazo said the mission of the Clinical Simulation Center is to increase patient safety through improved clinical proficiency and teamwork. The center uses simulation-based methodologies and cutting-edge technologies to enhance team performance.

The Bay Area Simulation Collaborative, based at the California Institute for Nursing and Healthcare in Berkeley, will sponsor Damazo to use the simulators in new and more complex illness and emergency scenarios in the area of pediatric and perinatal health. A portion of the educational expenses will be supported through a generous grant from the SENCE Foundation.

In 2006, CSU, Chico’s School of Nursing and their Clinical Simulation Center partners received one of three state grants to establish the center. The $250,000 grant was matched through facilities, supplies and faculty and staff time.