Simulation-Based Training from UT Arlington Added to SimStore
Nursing students across the globe can now access the faculty-developed curriculum used at UT Arlington’s Smart Hospital™ through a new partnership with HealthStream and Laerdal Medical. The two companies launched SimStore™ early this year – an Internet-based resource for educational institutions and healthcare providers that are incorporating simulation-based training and patient simulators into their coursework and education programs. At the site, educators can purchase downloadable simulation-based scenarios that teach everything from infant medication administration to advanced life support for hypothermia.
Working Like iTunes for Simulation-Based Training Content
Working in a manner akin to Apple's iTunes, UT Arlington’s College of Nursing, with more than 6,000 students, will receive royalties from sale of the simulation-based training content at the SimStore. Those funds will be invested back into its Smart Hospital, a 13,000 square foot center with 40 computerized patients in realistic hospital units. The College of Nursing at UT Arlington was one of only 15 institutions and organizations chosen to provide initial content. Some of the other simulation-based training providers featured at the SimStore include the National League for Nursing, the American Heart Association and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. To date, there are over 30 content providers, worldwide, for SimStore.
SimStore is one component of SimCenter, which is dedicated to making the adoption of simulation-based training easier. Simulation-based training enables learners to practice difficult or infrequently used procedures in a safe environment and can play an integral role in orienting new hires. In partnership with Laerdal, HealthStream has introduced SimCenter and SimStore to revolutionize your ability to grow and develop simulation-based training programs. Featuring quality educational materials for users of all levels and backgrounds, SimStore provides educators with an easy-to-use, efficient tool for delivering simulation-based curricula.
According to Elizabeth Poster, dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing, “this initiative is a good example of how the College of Nursing partners with leading manufacturers of healthcare training and simulation technology, such as HealthStream and Laerdal Medical, to achieve its goals and benefit students.”
“Simulation facilities are more and more filling the role of the laboratory situations that all of the nursing programs in the world have to provide,” said Carolyn Cason, interim Vice President for Research at UT Arlington and an associate dean in the College of Nursing. “Our potential market is a global one.”