Simulation Lab

Simulation Lab About the Sim Lab:

The CON Simulation Lab is located in room 348 and 347 Nicks Hall.  The Simulation Labs have also recently acquired two rooms one which will be used as a control room for simulation and the other will be an observation and debriefing room. These rooms are a work in progress but once completed it will allow optimal use of simulation and debriefing in the training of students in all the programs in the College of Nursing.

Sim Lab Orientation:

Orientation to the simulation lab and instruction on use of the various simulators are arranged by the contacting Teressa Wexler, Simulation Coordinator for the College of Nursing at 423-439-4605 or . The coordinator, or faculty working in the SIM labs Faye Hughes, or GA's/student workers must be present when students are using this learning resource.

There is an orientation to SIM video that can be obtained through Teressa to use for faculty or students to gain familiarity with not only the resources offered via this lab but allows the viewer to become acquainted with this type of teaching technology.

For Faculty:

Please contact Teressa for a tour of the lab and training.  Also please note that before-the-semester meetings for simulation planning are required to plan the upcoming semester needs and the coordinator of the course or designee will be asked to attend (notification of the meeting will be sent out prior to the meeting).  A master schedule of the SIM lab is available each semester under the public folders drive under nursing and then other for room 348.  In addition a master calendar for each semester will be outside of the SIM lab near the entrance to the lab on the elevator side. 

For Faculty and Students: 

Simulation is an innovative teaching strategy that offers authentic learning activities that mimic “real life” patient scenarios/situations. Human patient simulators range from low-fidelity (which are non-computerized and on which performance skills such as catheter insertion and wound care can be practiced on), to medium and high fidelity which are computerized manikins that have life like features and physiological response as a real patient would.  The high-fidelity simulator’s chest rises and fall with inspiration and expiration, the simulator talks and responds to questions ask, realistic heart, lung, and bowel sounds can be auscultated.  Learners can learn basic assessment skills or as they progress can be exposed to a patient scenario for which they have to enact all steps of the nursing process as well as critical thinking and decision making.

The Value of Sim Labs:

The simulation lab has five hospital type stations.  There is the acute care/critical care station that houses three simulators (Istan which is a high-fidelity simulator) and two vial sims (which are medium-fidelity simulators). The obstetric unit consists of a laboring patient NOELLE that can physiologically birth a baby as well as has a medium-fidelity postpartum patient. The newborn nursery has two low-fidelity manikins and one high-fidelity called the SimBaby.  Pediatrics is also available with a stations that has a high-fidelity 8-12 year old simulator PediSim and a low-fidelity 18 month old.  All of the simulation environment offers state-of-the art features such as a multimedia room and equipment that is found in the hospital setting such as diagnostic wall units, crash/code cart, etc. There is also a nurse’s station to help the learner with appropriate charting techniques as well as an IV simulator that offers virtual simulation of starting an IV on a patient.

Simulation is a vital part of many of the nursing courses here at ETSU with simulation ranging from assessment skills to higher-order thinking and decision making during a scenario.  Faculty work with learners to offer a teaching and learning strategy that meets the needs of different learning styles and the needs of today’s learners.  In addition to the use of simulation in the classroom, Teressa Wexler can be contacted for tours of the simulation lab which include an interactive simulation activity, opportunities for remediation of skills, evaluation of skill competency, one-on-one or small group activities as learner’s request, and much much more.  We encourage you to contact us because our simulation lab is a valuable resource to both the learner and the instructor.

Sim Lab Rules/Guidelines:

There are a few rules that apply to this patient care setting.  Due to this being a “realistic” patient setting as well as to maintain our new facilities and simulators, a strict adherence to no food, drink (including water), and no ink pens is enforced by both faculty and staff of the simulation lab. CON ETSU scrubs/uniforms and name badge at chest level are to be worn.  For some learning activities a confidentiality form for simulation may be required.  Those that are non-compliant on these rules will be asked to leave the learning environment immediately. The ink pens rule is necessary because just a slight stroke of the pen bleeds and spreads across the simulator and is unable to be removed (pencils are provided in the simulation lab and need returned to the table when leaving). We appreciate you as faculty and learners in being responsible to adhere to these rules.  Remember as well that the simulation lab is a patient care area and your professionalism and attention is needed at all times as well.

Sim Lab Contacts:

Teressa Wexler, RN MSN EdD/ET(c)
Assistant Professor ETSU CON
Simulation Coordinator
Office: Roy Nick’s Hall 3-342 
Office phone: 423-439-4605
Pager: 423-854-0227

Faye Hughes, Faculty/Simulation Team
Office: Roy Nick's Hall 2-285
Office phone: 423-439-5892