Simulation Lab

About The Labs

Goal

To teach, maintain and assess technical and cognitive competencies, new procedures and emerging technologies in an experiential simulation-based interprofessional learning environment.

Learning Centers

The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM into all experiential learning and simulations, with educational experiences in The George & Marian Miller Center for Virtual Learning, commonly referred to as the Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (CELS), and the Center for Advanced Clinical Learning (CACL). Both labs are a part of the USF Health Simulation Consortium, fully accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).

The USF College of Nursing Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (CELS) is part of the USF Health Simulation Consortium, an interprofessional collaboration to provide quality learning experiences for all USF Health students. The USF Health Simulation Consortium is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in Core plus four, which represents the categories of Assessment, Research, Teaching/Education, and Systems Integration. As of May 1, 2019, there are 144 accredited programs worldwide in 17 countries. USF Health Simulation Consortium is one of only 18 programs fully accredited out of the 144 accredited programs in 17 countries worldwide.  

The USF Health Simulation Consortium consists of the following programs that use a variety of simulation modalities as part of the educational process:

  • Practice Partners
  • Innovations
  • Surgical Robotics
  • Orientation Training
  • Continued Professional Development 
  • Undergraduate School
    • Traditional Degree
    • Accelerated Degree
  • Graduate School (MSN and DNP) programs/concentrations using simulation
    • Nurse Anesthesia (MSN and DNP)
    • Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN and DNP)
    • Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN and DNP)
    • Adult- Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN and DNP)
    • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN and DNP)
    • Adult- Geriatric and Oncology Nurse Practitioner (MSN and DNP)
    • Adult- Geriatric and Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner (in conjunction with the College of Public Health)
    • Post-Masters Nurse Practitioner to DNP
    • Nurse Educators (MSN only)

USF College of Nursing Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (CELS) and CRNA program has: 

  • One Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator Advanced (CHSE-A)
  • Three Certified Healthcare Simulation Educators (CHSE)
  • Three Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS)
  • Two Dual-Certified CHSE and CHSOS 

USF Health Simulation Consortium has:

  • Total of one Fellow of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (FSSH)
  • Total of three CHSE-A (47 worldwide)
  • Total of seven CHSE (1392 worldwide)
  • Total of six CHSOS (304 worldwide)
  • Total of two dual CHSE & CHSOS (37 worldwide)
  • Multiple personnel and faculty involved in the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and Association of Standardized Patient Educators. 

Simulation Types

  • Manikin:
    • High Fidelity - an extremely realistic simulation experience with a high level of interactivity
    • Low Fidelity - a non-computerized, full body model on which to perform tasks  
  • Task Trainers: devices designed to train the motor skills of a task prior to human patient care
  • Standardized Patients: a simulation using a person or person trained to portray a patient scenario
  • Hybrid Simulation: two or more types of simulation that provides a more realistic experience
  • Augmented Virtual Reality: technology that overlays digital computer-generated information, objects or places in the real world to enhance the learner’s experience