to the San Antonio College Department of Nursing Education Simulation
Lab. Simulation is an exciting new technology that allows nursing
students the opportunity to practice patient care in a safe,
non-threatening, and controlled environment. San Antonio College’s
(SAC) nursing simulation center strives to incorporate innovative
learning strategies, to enhance development of communication,
collaboration, teamwork, and critical thinking skills, and to
ultimately, encourage safe and competent patient care for students in
the nursing program.
Antonio College’s simulation center is located in the Nursing and
Allied Health Complex (Building #33) on the second floor in room 223.
The center’s 10,000 square foot space is a totally self-contained
unit. Unlike most simulation centers that have simulation training
rooms spread throughout their facility, San Antonio College’s
simulation lab occupies the entire south end of the second floor.
THE SIMULATION CENTER
SAC simulation lab is designed to function as a temporary hospital
facility in the event of a disaster. The lab’s layout includes
sixteen triage or primary care beds, twelve intermediate care beds,
four intensive care beds, two pediatric units and two obstetrical
units. Each patient room is a stand-alone training facility not
divided by one-way mirrors as utilized in other facilities. SAC’s
hospital design provides an element of realism not attainable in the
majority of healthcare provider simulation centers.
center also contains two large primary care triage wards or “bays”.
In these areas, nursing faculty, with the assistance of technical
nurse trainers, lead interactive exercises that encourage nursing
skill development. Major labs include IV insertion, tracheostomy and
ventilator care, medication administration, wound care, and
foundational nursing care.
SAC Department of Nursing Education Simulation Lab primarily utilizes
the SimMan mannequins. The SimMan affords students a realistic
exercise for high fidelity simulations proportionate to the student’s
skill level. Each “patient room” is set up as an actual hospital
room with the SimMan as the patient.
patient room has installed two high resolution cameras and a
microphone. The technical nurse trainer or simulation facilitator is
located in a control room situated in one of four locations
throughout the center and directly listens and observes the student’s
practice and skills via camera and headset.