Following a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 27, students from many programs of the university’s School of Health Sciences are benefitting from the technological and teaching advantages offered by the simulation center.

This new center, located in the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building on the USD campus, is a 1,700 square foot simulated hospital training center, consisting of three patient simulation rooms with adjacent observation/debriefing rooms. Human patient simulators (high-tech mannequins) can be manipulated from a control room. This technology enables faculty to manipulate patient conditions such as heart rates, blood pressure, and other symptoms so students experience varying patient care scenarios. Three cameras in each room capture the scenarios on video for faculty-student discussion and learning purposes. Interprofessional education involves teaching students from various health care fields to work together, cooperatively and collaboratively.

Barbara Stolle, simulation center manager, reported that numerous training sessions have been completed in the early weeks of operation. “We had 114 USD nursing and School of Health Science students complete training sessions at the simulation center during just three days in early September,” Stolle reported. “Students and faculty alike are very excited about the center, and we expect heavy use to continue.”

According to Carla Dieter, Chair of the USD Department of Nursing, “Simulation exercises provide students with an invaluable opportunity to work on unfolding cases (where a patient’s condition changes and progresses over time) in a concentrated timeframe. In a few hours of a simulated experience, an evolving case can portray how a patient’s condition may change over many hours or days.  This allows students to better understand how their decisions directly impact patient outcomes.  Students also learn how to improve or change decisions.”

“Simulations mimic reality and are designed to demonstrate procedures, decision-making and clinical reasoning,” added Dieter. “It is our mission to develop scholars, practitioners, and leaders in interprofessional education and practice with the competencies needed to work effectively together to care for patients and communities.”

A photo of the leadership team for the newly opened Nursing Center for Simulation and Interprofessional Education: (l to r) Julie Nelson, Learning Resource Lab Coordinator; Kevin Brady, Instructional Designer/Simulation Specialist; Barb Stolle, Instructor/Simulation Center Manager is available for download at

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