CSU, Chico News

Simulation Center Has Anniversary Open House

Date: 04-10-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

The Rural Northern California Clinical Simulation Center is hosting a second anniversary open house Thursday, April 23, 1-4 p.m. The Rural SimCenter is located at 560 Cohasset Road at the Enloe Medical Center Cohasset Campus.

The Rural SimCenter is operated by the California State University, Chico School of Nursing and its partners the Butte College Nursing Program, Enloe Medical Center and Feather River Hospital. At the center, nurses train on 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 open house event, titled Crossing the “t” in Patient Safe-Ty, will be an afternoon tea with refreshments. The center’s mission is to “Increase patient safety through improved clinical proficiency and teamwork.”

The Rural SimCenter has had more than 3,200 students attend educational and training sessions. It has become a leader in simulation technology for the region and was recently awarded the teamwork “runner-up” in the Advance Nursing Journal’s Best Team competition. Candy Goulette, editor of the journal, will attend the open house to present the award.

The Rural SimCenter was one of seven public-private partnerships in the state that received funding to expand nursing education in California under the Governor’s Task Force for the California Nurse Education Initiative. The grants will also expand regional simulation collaboration between schools and hospitals, and provide clinical faculty training across the state, opening more clinical slots for nursing students.

CSU, Chico and the Rural SimCenter received $200,000 to expand education offerings. Through this grant the center will be moving to the next phase in simulation technology by providing wireless human patient simulators. Because of new wireless capabilities the center will be able to offer on site simulation programs for area hospitals and schools.