This is an exciting time to be in nursing education at Bay College.  We now have human simulation centers at both our campuses.  Both centers are equipped with high tech human patient simulators including: Sim Man 3G (an adult simulator); Sim Mom (who will deliver a newborn); Sim Junior (a child simulator); and Sim NewB (a newborn baby).  These mannequins can bleed, sweat, cry, and speak just to name a few of their many amazing capabilities.

Simulation promotes active learning, increases student confidence, and improves patient safety.  We are extremely proud to be able to offer simulation to our students and to our community.
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With two Simulation Technicians onboard and after intensive training of nursing instructors, we are now incorporating simulated learning activities at every level of our nursing program.  Simulated learning experiences are an innovative way to teach students about real situations they will experience as nurses.  This is an interactive environment that allows hands on learning in a controlled environment.  Simulation allows students to experience a variety of clinical scenarios that they do not always get to have in their hospital rotations.  For example, some students do not get to experience a delivery of a newborn in their OB rotation.  Now, with the help of Sim Mom they will get to assist in a delivery of a newborn at our Simulation Center.

As of June 18, 2014, over 180 students have experienced simulated learning in the centers in Escanaba and at the West Campus.  By the end of the summer session, the nursing students in all specialty areas of the program will have participated in a simulated learning experience.  Students have cared for Sim man ( and family) in multiple health/illness conditions.  In addition to students, more than 200 community members have toured the new simulation facilities.  Students have cared for the Sim Patient manikins with the following diagnoses:
  • Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease with complications.
  • Overdose and drug detoxification
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Pulmonary embolism after a hemi-colectomy surgery
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Postpartum care after C Section delivery
  • Newborn with aspiration
  • Renal colic
  • Cardiac emergency
  • Diabetic hypoglycemic teenager
  • End Stage Liver Cirrhosis
  • Severe Anaphylaxis
  • Hip Fracture.
We have also used the Sim Centers to stage simulated learning activities for students in Mental Health Nursing rotation.  For this area of nursing we are using human actors (Standardized Patients) instead of the manikins to role play patients with major psychiatric disorders and symptoms.