Cambrian College currently has three simulation labs and will soon have a fourth, thanks to funding support from the SIM-one Ontario Simulation Network. Cambrian’s labs allow students to practice a variety of skills in a safe learning environment that physically mirrors their eventual workplace. The simulation labs enhance the learning experience for hundreds of students each year and contribute to the high-quality education delivered within the Bachelor of Nursing, Practical Nursing, Personal Support Worker (PSW), Pre-Service Firefighter, Paramedic, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Medical Radiation Technology and Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) programs at Cambrian.
Cambrian’s High Tech Simulation lab is used to replicate a hospital ward. It is equipped with essential equipment found within a hospital and several high fidelity adult manikins, as well as a pediatric/maternity section that includes a birthing mom, a high fidelity infant and a medium-fidelity child. The second lab, which is equipped with several medium fidelity manikins, also replicates a hospital ward and is designed as a simulation and skills lab where students learn and practice various skills related to their program of study. The third lab is designed to replicate a long-term care facility with hospital beds and various task trainers. It is open after hours to allow students to practice and master their skills.
Cambrian College is in the process of building a fourth simulation lab that PSW students will use. The new lab will replicate the home and apartment environments and conditions that PSWs encounter as they provide care and assist patients with activities of daily living and the many skills associated with home care.
Karen Paquette RN, Simulation Technologist
705-566-8101 ext. 7497