Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions is leading the way in use of simulation utilizing the Standardized Patient (SP) or patient actor to assist nursing and health professions’ students in physical assessment and communication skills.
The 22,000 square feet lab includes State-of-the-Art technology captures scenario recordings and organizes data. This integrated hardware and software system includes multidisciplinary case and scenario building, live & archived viewing of simulation encounters, manual or automatic recording capabilities and documentation of learner behaviors, communication, and the assessment of skills (item checklist). A fully customizable training tool assists in the training of standardized patient actors. In addition, the software allows for 1) controlled access, 2) live & archived viewing with blinded ‘grading’ & ‘scoring’ of items and the ability to generate more than 50 reports.
Standardized Patient Encounters
Types of standardized patient encounters include a) clinical skills, b) ethical dilemmas’, & c) communication (such as communicating bad news). Participants who utilize the SP labs for formative and summative experiences include 1) multidiscipline academic programs (undergraduate/graduate nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, gynecology, radiology technology, couples and family therapy, creative arts therapy, & behavioral health); 2) research based (faculty development, delegation & conflict resolution) and 3) practical training in supervisory counseling of ‘problem’ staff.
The College of Nursing and Health Professions' state of the art facility has sparked the creativity of the faculty and the commitment of students to be the best that they can be!
Critical Skills Simulation Lab (CSSL)
Drexel just completed construction of a new state-of-the-art Critical Skills Simulation Lab (CSSL) where the use of Human Patient Simulators (HPS), SPs or hybrid cases will take place. The physical space consists of 2 large labs, control, and ‘prop’ room; consisting of approximately 2300 square feet which can be transformed into acute (ICU, OR, ER, Medical Surgical, or Women’s Health) or community (home, board room, community center) environments. These labs promote advanced communication skills between and among patients, Nurses, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists, Radiology Technologists and Behavioral Health Therapists. These labs also promote interdisciplinary teamwork, multiple patient management, and crisis resource management (CRM) skills. Improving communication & crisis management skills, promoting collaboration & teamwork; are just a few goals of our new center.
The future of the SP Program at Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions holds endless possibilities to improve culturally competent care, to diminish error and adverse event rates, and to raise the bar in undergraduate and graduate nursing and health professions education.