Leading interprofessional simulation-based learning in health, to improve patient safety and quality of care.
The SimEd Network will be an integrated, collaborative learning and research community that strategically improves health system delivery and outcomes by 2021.
The SimEd Network’s mandate is to champion simulation-based learning, consolidate expertise and enable practice sharing. In essence, we are the hub of simulation education for Nova Scotia. We help to keep those involved in health simulation education connected and help ensure we are continuously learning and growing our capacity to deliver the highest quality simulation-based medical education in Nova Scotia.
The Network’s is comprised of four key partners who are on the ground offering high-quality simulation-based programming every day.
- IWK Health Centre Simulation Program
- NSHA QEII Simulation Program
- Faculty of Health
- Faculty of Medicine
With a view to being strongest together, the Network brings together the shared-learnings of these four partners, discovers synergies and enables resource sharing to create an integrated, collaborative learning and research community that improves health system-delivery and outcomes.
Why is Simulation Education important?
Simulation and interprofessional learning are gold standards in healthcare education, essential to highly skilled providers and safe, quality healthcare.
Simulation supports healthcare providers to develop essential competencies in safe settings and situations that emulate and amplify real clinical experiences. It replaces the need for healthcare providers to learn through practice on real patients and exposes them to structured experiences often involving rare and high-risk events.
Just as flight simulators have been the standard learning and testing model for the airline industry for many years, the use of simulation can be the answer to developing health professionals’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes, while maintaining patient safety. Providing planned, standardized learning opportunities, particularly those that embrace interprofessional team scenarios, supports learners to understand each health provider’s respective role, and how to work effectively together.
Simulation embraces a broad spectrum of activities including the use of small task trainers, actors as simulated patients, communication scenarios, low and high fidelity computerized equipment such as patient simulators (mannequins) and clinical grade cadavers.
Simulated scenarios include multiple components: pre-brief (introduction to the simulation environment and case material), clinical scenario and post scenario debrief, during which analysis of learner behavior provides reflection and insight into alternative and improved strategies. Patient safety is enhanced when learners develop skills in a simulated environment, gaining valuable competency before applying those skills to patients.