The College of Nursing and Health Sciences incorporated high fidelity Human Patient Simulation into the undergraduate curricula in the Spring semester of 2003 and has increased its use every semester since. The following are incorporated into coursework:
- two Laerdal SimMan 3Gs
- two Laerdal SimMan
- eight Laerdal VitalSims
- one Laerdal VitalKid
- one Laerdal SimBaby
- two Gaumard Noelle birthing simulators
These simulators are used at both the undergraduate and graduate level on the two campuses. There are also many lower fidelity geriatric and multicultural full body simulators available.
The Eau Claire site has four simulated hospital rooms with audiovisual controls, nursing station/debriefing center and twenty hospital bed spaces. In addition, there are eight clinic rooms with audiovisual controls.
The Marshfield site, located on the Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital campus, includes three clinic-type rooms with six hospital bed spaces.
Simulations are streamed to the Eau Claire and Marshfield classrooms, as well as to community partners.
Instructional design plays an extremely important role in incorporating simulation into the curriculum. The selection of the type of simulation, how simulation might be used, and a strategy for sequencing knowledge and skills to meet specific learning objectives is critical to the successful use of simulation. Design services for curriculum and research are available through the faculty of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.