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The Rural Northern California Clinical Simulation Center

560 Cohasset Road
Chico, CA 95926

Phone: (530) 332-5091
Fax: 530-332-5093


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Becky Damazo, RN, PNP,
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Betsy Voelker, BA, CHSE Simulation Technology & Operations Specialist

Sherry Fox, RN, CHSE, PhD
Research Advisor & CFO



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Information for Instructors

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We encourage any instructor interested in using our state-of-the-art facility to tour the simulation center to view the educational opportunities first hand!

The Rural Northern California Clinical 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, managing critical care scenarios and numerous other opportunities.

To Schedule time at the RN SimCenter please view the Calendar and then submit a reservation request. The Center is open from 7am to 7pm Monday through Friday.  At this time we cannot accommodate reservations that require more than 8 hours per day. Please completely fill out the request form and include equipment needs.

Instructors who wish to use the SimCenter as an educational resource should become familiar with the equipment and policies for using the SimCenter before scheduling time.


  1. INSTRUCTOR TRAINING: "Simulation is a Methodology--Not a Technology" All instructors who plan to use the SimCenter should complete an Instructor course to become familiar with Simulation Mehthodology and the best practices for use of our hi-tech equipment.  If you are unsure if you qualify, please contact the SimCenter. Classes are offered throughout the year.

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  1. STUDENT CAPACITY:  The SimCenter cannot at this time accommodatemore than 20 students at one time.  The recommended number of students at the center to provide the best educational outcomes is 10 students.  If you do intend to bring more than 10 students we require that there a ratio of 1 simulation-skilled instructor for every 10 students. 
  2. USE OF A DESIGN TEMPLATE:  The development of curriculum and instructional methods is an ongoing process to assure the best practices and techniques are employed in teaching both students and professionals. We have developed a unique template to assist in offering quality simulation scenarios.

    We have always utilized a template for scenario planning and in 2006 received permission to use the National League for Nursing's simulation template*.  Faculty who wish to plan educational experiences should utilize one of our approved templates to create their educational experiences.  The template is available by clicking on the appropriate link on the course sidebar. We can also e-mail the template to your computer if you are unable to download our template example.
  3. EVALUATION: Program and outcome evaluation is an active part of the curriculum to assess the programmatic and procedural specific strengths of using simulation for instruction. All instruction is designed to encourage the assimilation of concepts and provides the best scenario for the transfer of skills to real world clinical situations. Our policy at the SimCenter is that evaluation is completed for every student, every time they visit.

You may wish to provide your students with the Visitor Expectations form so they are aware of policies regarding dress, food and jewelry. 

You can also print a map with directions to the SimCenter by clicking on "location" on the sidebar or by clicking on Directions link on the homepage.

The SimCenter staff is available to help you plan rewarding case scenarios and to assist with the operation of simulation center equipment.

*This template is available for use by express permission of the National League for Nursing. The template may not be modified or used for purposes other than designing educational experiences for students at the Rural Northern California Simulation Center.

PLEASE REMEMBER: All forms are available only for the use of simulation instructors at the Rural SimCenter. The forms may not be modified or used for purposes other than educational experiences for students at the Rural Northern California Simulation Center. Any use by outside parties is stricktly prohibited without express written permission. Please contact the Rural SimCenter if you have any questions.

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