Coveted Training in Emergency Deliveries for Nurses and Physicians

Sim lab draws international symposium-goers

By Ed Carpenter, Office of Marketing Communications Posted Mon, 01/20/2014 - 16:00

International nurses and physicians will descend on USF next week to train in the School of Nursing and Health Profession’s cutting edge simulation lab and learn from USF nursing faculty in classes that are part of the largest annual symposium on nursing simulation in the world.

Faculty & lab lead

USF’s Dr. KT Waxman will direct two sessions in the lab on Jan. 25. International nurses and physicians will train in high-fidelity simulation rooms that are equipped and designed to replicate actual hospital rooms, said Waxman, who chairs the university’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She and other trainers will monitor the classes from an adjacent control room and manage what occurs based on what therapies trainees administer to high-tech mannequins. Cameras and computers will be recorded everything that happens for later review, as part of the course.

Coveted training

Our $1.7 million lab offers one of the most advanced approaches to training health care workers today,” said Waxman, who also directs the California Simulation Alliance at the California Institute for Nursing & Health Care. Training like this is coveted because not every nursing school has such cutting-edge equipment, Dr. Waxman said. The classes are part of the International Meeting on Simulation Healthcare’s pre-conference curriculum, which takes place in San Francisco Jan. 25-29.

Nurses and physicians will learn to work as a team during a simulated delivery crisis and to adapt when staffing and equipment are scarce, in the first session. They’ll learn to train other nurses to lead training simulations, in a second session. 

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