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Our Clinical Simulation Learning Centre is one of the most significant areas in health sciences education at Humber's Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness

The Clinical Simulation Learning Centre is a resource that complements practice education in many of our programs, including NursingParamedic, Occupational and Physiotherapy Assistant, and Personal Support Worker. The Clinical Simulation Learning Centre can improve student learning by providing a variety of clinical situations that might not arise during the hours a student is in the practice setting. It offers opportunities to rehearse skills before trying them on real patients - thus improving patient safety.

Simulation improves faculty resource utilization, decreases pressure on our clinical partners for placements, and creates new opportunities for partnerships among educators. Importantly, it serves all programs within the Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness for discipline specific learning and for interprofessional learning.

Nursing, for example, is a "hands on" profession but, when learning to respond to people's health issues, training in a live situation is not always an efficient or safe way of teaching. Simulation education is a proven method of supporting learning in a low risk situation while being introduced to, and integrating, increasingly complex scenarios within the education process. This supports graduates to practice the complex task of integrating knowledge, skill and critical thinking and decision-making - learning to multi-task in the busy practice environment.

Our Mission

The clinical simulation laboratory is equipped with state of the art technology that encourages learners to engage in an exceptional clinical education experience in a safe and effective environment. In this simulated environment, learners can practice in a risk-free and realistic environment that enables students to build self-confidence through skills mastery.

Our Vision

Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellness Clinical Simulation Learning Centre will advance knowledge through research and scholarship and set the standard for evidence-based practice and quality care.

Our Goals

  • Enhance and promote patient safety and quality health care by integrating simulation within the Health Sciences and Wellness curriculum.
  • Allow students the opportunity to learn in a risk-free environment to enhance critical thinking and clinical reasoning.
  • Improve the competency and efficiency of our students’ clinical skills through simulation experiences and repetitive practice in a realistic clinical setting.
  • Provide opportunity for self-reflection to improve and practice patient care utilizing clinical simulation to meet the professional standards of all health professionals.
  • Provide interprofessional educational opportunities within simulation to enhance students’ knowledge, ability and skills.

two female students working on a simulated person

Humber's Clinical Simulation Learning Centre

All of our students have the opportunity to experience a variety of care settings and health scenarios thereby enabling them to be better prepared upon graduation. While the Centre may be used most often by typical health sciences students, we are also considering how to support inter-professional collaboration for patient centred care by involving other programs such as Funeral Services, and Early Childhood Education in patient centred scenarios for the very young child and the end of life situation.

female and male paramedic students in training with patient

What Is In The Centre

The Centre includes various learning labs with multiple beds, set for different simulations such as general inpatient, and critical care, both for infants and adults. All labs are equipped with audio and video recording for evaluation/learning purposes. In the simulation suites, students play out different roles, from nurse to family member to respiratory tech. The goal is to gain a better understanding of each different perspective in order to enhance patient care.

female student helping a male stretch

The Clinical Simulation Learning Centre

The Clinical Simulation Learning Centre includes 20+ full-body patient simulators ranging from medium to high fidelity, they represent the age range of infant, child and adult. During the simulations, students are able to assess various medical situations and respond with appropriate treatments measures such as, inserting IV's, medication delivery, various oxygen delivery procedures, tracheotomy care etc. The hi-fidelity patient simulators also include vocal responses and heart and lung sounds. The Clinical Simulation Learning Centre is an essential learning environment where students are able to work, learn and practice in a risk free setting.