By Rosanne Fohn
|Meeting in the School of Nursing are (left to right) Kuido Nõmm, M.D., Maj. Ahti Varblane, School of Nursing Dean Eileen Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Lt. Col. Kersti Lea, M.D., and Col. John Garr, M.D., commander of the Defense Military Readiness Training Institute, Joint Base San Antonio, Ft. Sam Houston.|
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The School of Nursing at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio recently was invited to demonstrate its Simulation Center and Clinical Learning Lab for a group of visitors from Estonia.
The three visitors, who were hosted by the Defense Medical Training Institute at Fort Sam Houston, took a tour of the Simulation Center Nov. 13.
They were Lt. Col. Kersti Lea, M.D., surgeon general of the Estonian Defense Forces; Maj. Ahti Varblane, chief of the medical department of Estonian National Defense College, and Kuido Nõmm, M.D., head of the Emergency Medicine Department of Tartu University Hospital and lecturer at the Estonian National Defense College.
“They are looking to establish a simulation center with high- and low-fidelity simulators in their country,” said James Cleveland, M.S.N., RN
, assistant clinical professor in the School of Nursing, who conducted the tour.
The Estonian military delegation was welcomed by Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing. They viewed a video about the Simulation Center
, then watched a demonstration of the low- and high-fidelity simulators.
|Col. John Garr, M.D., interacts with an infant simulation manikin under the guidance of Jacqueline Riley-Baker, M.S.N., RN. Riley-Baker is a clinical instructor in the School of Nursing’s Department of Family and Community Health Systems.|
The tour involved visiting the Simulation Center’s Medical-Surgical Suite, Home Health Center, Intensive Care Unit and Trauma Center. “They were very excited and very impressed with the expansiveness of our Sim Center and the complexity of the types of scenarios we can conduct,” Cleveland said.
The 7,271-square foot center, officially dedicated in June
, is designed as a simulation hospital to provide fast-paced, realistic training for nursing students and interprofessional health care teams. The center features 13 high-fidelity simulation manikins, including newborns, babies, children and adults, as well as more than 30 additional manikins that can be used for a variety of clinical learning purposes.
Dean Breslin said, “The scenarios our faculty members lead there help our students learn whether they did the right thing at the right time to benefit the patient.”
Cleveland, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, served in the military for nearly 30 years. As a nursing faculty member, he leads many of the clinical simulation scenarios that help student nurses perfect their skills and learn how to manage high-pressure situations that they are likely to encounter in their careers.