SETH is a 4,000 square foot state-of-the-art simulated learning environment offering resources to advance a comprehensive simulation healthcare education program. SETH has the capacity for improvised technology, computer-based simulation, task training simulation, virtual reality simulation and manikin-based simulation. The focus of SETH is to promote interprofessional education and promote patient safety through simulation education.
Designing realistic clinical simulations allows the educator to immerse students in a simulated clinical experience so skills sets, diagnostic reasoning, and other required competencies can be evaluated in a safe learning environment. Simulations will be utilized as a vehicle to foster interprofessional learning that will improve health professions students’ critical and applied thinking skills, and reduce their critical errors in clinical contexts.
Participation in interprofessional scenarios allow health profession students to develop an appreciation and respect for the roles and responsibilities of each discipline. As students perform their discipline-specific roles, they practice their professional behaviors and learn to collaborate with other disciplines.
SETH provides simulated learning environments for the following disciplines:
School of Health Professions:
- Medical Laboratory Sciences
- Physical Therapy Assistant
- Physician Assistant
- Nutritional Sciences
- Radiologic Technology
- Respiratory Therapy
School of Nursing:
- Nursing (BSN)
- Family Nurse Practitioner
SETH includes three debriefing rooms, seven simulation suites with attached observation control rooms, and a task training/virtual reality suite.
There are three debriefing rooms. St. Paul’s seating capacity is 38 students. Sim 1 seats 16 students and the Multipurpose Skills Lab can be configured to accommodate up to 16 students for debriefing purposes. Each room includes wired and wireless capabilities. Each is separately equipped with a large monitor, white board, and a projector and screen.
There are seven simulation suites that are multifunctional to allow interprofessional educational events. Each simulation suite has a control room with one-way mirrored glass.
- Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
The ICU is a large simulation suite designed to resemble a real ICU. It includes pan tilt zoom cameras, assessment equipment, appropriate headwalls respective to the type of care needed for the simulation including a ventilator and all other equipment specific to an ICU. This room is equipped with high fidelity simulator, Adult Hal and the work station on wheels for computerized electronic medical record charting.
- Medical Surgical Unit
The Medical Surgical unit is a large simulation suite designed to resemble a realistic medical surgical environment. It includes a 360 degree camera, pan tilt zoom cameras, assessment equipment, appropriate headwalls respective to the type of care needed for the simulation. This room is equipped with high fidelity simulator, such as 3G SimMan and SimMan classic and the work station on wheels for computerized electronic medical record charting.
- Birthing Simulation Suite
This suite is designed for labor and delivery encounters. The room is equipped with high fidelity simulators Victoria and Baby Hal, the appropriate headwalls respective to the type of care needed for the simulation. There is also birthing suite furnishings and pan tilt cameras and the work station on wheels for computerized electronic medical record charting.
- Pediatric Unit
This simulation suite houses Sim Jr., pediatric high fidelity simulator. The simulation suite is equipped with pan tilt cameras and a headwall and the work station on wheels for computerized electronic medical record charting.
- Community Health/Mental Health Unit
This simulation room is designed for multifunctional purpose. It is utilized as a mental health suite and can be converted to a community health environment. The simulation suite is equipped with pan tilt zoom cameras and a work station on wheels for computerized electronic medical record charting.
- Multipurpose Room, Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
This multipurpose simulation room has the capability to be used as an Emergency Room. It is designed with five curtained hospital cubicles, which can be reconfigured to serve a variety of purposes for skills practice and for debriefing/teaching. Each cubicle contains a hospital bed, and headwall unit which contains suction and simulated oxygen.
- Clinic Exam Room
The clinic is designed to mimic a provider's room. The simulation room is equipped with an exam table and a diagnostic headwall featuring blood pressure cuffs, otoscope, ophalmoscope and thermometer.
- Medication Room
The medication room is designed to mimic a hospital environment with equipment such as a pneumatic tube system, Pxyis medication dispensing unit, blood glucose monitoring unit, and a fully functional code cart with defibrillator.
Every spring, in collaboration with local disaster preparation experts, the University holds a campus-wide disaster simulation.
The Standardized Patient (SP) program is dedicated to providing health profession students with the opportunity to become more compassionate communicators and influential members of the healthcare community.
Standardized Patient Training
SPs are volunteers trained to mimic a real patient. SPs are interviewed by students as though they were a person in the hospital, doctor’s office/clinical or community setting, providing patient history and simulating their physical symptoms such as pain or difficulty walking.
These patients can be carefully coached to simulate an actual patient so accurately that the simulation cannot be detected by a skilled clinician. The SP is trained to present not just history of a patient, but also the body language, emotions, personality, and physical findings.
If you are interested in volunteering to be an SP, please complete the following form.