Rural SimCenter

from left to right  Sherry Fox and Becky Damazo


The Rural Northern California Clinical Simulation Center

is a partnership between three rural hospitals—Enloe Medical Center, Oroville Hospital and Feather River Hospital—and the School of Nursing at CSU, Chico. The Simulation Center partnership is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art education using dynamic teaching tools. Through the use of the Clinical Simulation Center, students and professionals can experience risk-free, hands-on clinical situations. Examples include mock codes, intubation procedures, inserting chest tubes, and managing critical-care scenarios. 

The simulation center uses simulation technology and methods including human patient simulators to provide realistic case scenarios. Our students participate in simulation throughout their nursing education. The goal is to provide a place where students can practice critical events without risk to patient safety.  

The simulation center is designed to allow students to update their clinical practice—by working as individuals or teams—in real-case scenarios designed to improve student skills, communication, teamwork, and professionalism. Team training is the centerpiece of Rural SimCenter training. Students and professionals practice skills and participate in a full range of patient cases, working as teams and using simulation technology.

Students will be working with high-fidelity mannequins or with standardized patient volunteers. These volunteers serve as actors in our cases. They receive case information and objectives, and provide a realistic educational experience. Students work with a family of simulators, from newborns through adults. By working with patient simulators, our nursing students are better prepared for clinical practice.


Exciting Conference and SimCenter Birthday Party Open House

Oct. 7, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  We are delighted to offer a truly remarkable day of education in simulation. Physicians, nurses, patient safety specialists, and others will benefit from this exciting day. We’ll start the day with Dr. Vinay Nadkarni. Dr. Nadkarni has a local, regional, national and international interest in CPR, pediatric resuscitation, and resuscitation education. He is an associate professor of anesthesia and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the director of the pediatric critical care medicine fellowship training program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He works in a 45-bed tertiary PICU that admits approximately 2,700 patients per year. He has served as chairman of the American Heart Association (AHA) National Committee on Pediatric Resuscitation and the AHA Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and as a national editor for the Pediatric Advanced Life Support training materials. Dr. Nadkarni is currently a member of the AHA Science Advisory and Coordinating Committee and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. He has lectured nationally and internationally on resuscitation issues and training. He has been an invited visiting professor and lecturer at numerous academic centers, including Adelaide, Beijing, Boston, Budapest, Buffalo, Christchurch, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dallas, Melbourne, Philadelphia, Sao Paolo, Stavanger, Tokyo, Toronto, Venice, Washington, D.C.—and now Chico. 

Joining him will be speakers Julie Arafeh from Stanford’s Center for Antenatal and Perinatal Education, who will speak on training for critical obstetric and neonatal events, and Jen Denno from Sutter Health, who will speak on systemwide training to prevent sepsis. There will be opportunities for hands-on practice with virtual-reality trainers and the latest in surgical, obstetric, and other simulators. Please join us for this exciting simulation conference. 

We are making plans to offer several specialty workshops using the latest in virtual training for surgery, airway, and ultrasound. We will offer both CME and BRN contact hours.

Simulation Center Birthday Party: Immediately following the conference, we invite you to visit our simulation center open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Come celebrate with us as the Rural SimCenter turns 7. To kick off our eighth year, we will be showing what “state-of-the art” really means in simulation. Interactive displays of surgical, ER, and ICU simulation equipment will be on site for demonstrations and hands-on fun. Take a tour, try out virtual training, and be sure to pick up a piece of our delicious birthday cake! 

Bring the whole team. The conference fee will be $100 with an additional fee for the specialty workshops. The birthday party is free! 

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