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CCRI receives Champlin Foundations funding for high-fidelity simulation center

Nov. 25, 2015

Photo of President Ray Di Pasquale and Vice President for Academic Affairs holding the check. President Ray Di Pasquale and Vice President for Academic Affairs Greg Lamontagne hold the $324,180 check from Champlin Foundations. 

The Champlin Foundations has awarded the Community College of Rhode Island $324,180 to establish a high-fidelity Multidisciplinary Clinical Simulation Center at the college’s Flanagan Campus in Lincoln for students studying nursing and allied health, President Ray Di Pasquale announced today.

High-fidelity patient simulation is the use of computerized mannequins that replicate real-life scenarios. The college has one high-fidelity male mannequin, SimMan3G, and will purchase a second. The Champlin Foundations grant award will be used to purchase two SimJunior pediatric mannequins that simulate a wide range of conditions from a healthy, talking 6-year-old boy to an unresponsive, critical patient with no vital signs; two SimMom obstetrical mannequins, which are advanced full-body birthing simulators; and one SimNewB neonatal/infant mannequins, which has newborn traits and provides lifelike clinical feedback to allow learners to practice a broad range of neonatal skills including emergency medicine and resuscitation. The funds also will be used to purchase a mechanical ventilator and two noninvasive positive pressure ventilators.

In the center, faculty members will design scenarios using the high-fidelity simulation equipment along with actors or role players, providing students with a controlled environment in which to develop their skills and rehearse the management of complex or crisis situations. Students will be evaluated during the simulation and receive constructive performance feedback during a debriefing session afterward.

Clinical simulations at CCRI have been limited to low- to medium-fidelity scenarios in the nursing department’s associate degree and practical nurse programs.

Closeup photo of check amount.“With the Champlin Foundations funding, we will be able to expand and integrate clinical simulation beyond nursing and into all allied health curriculums offered at CCRI,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Greg Lamontagne said.

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and the National League of Nursing, among others, have embraced or mandated the use of clinical simulation as a component of entry-level curricula.

“Health care education is increasingly focused on achieving competency in clinical skills and diagnostic reasoning, emphasizing approaches that enhance patient safety and the quality of care,” said Interim Associate Dean of Nursing Education Rosemary Costigan. “Clinical simulation provides a bridge between classroom learning and real-life clinical experience, enabling students to practice vital procedures and refine their bedside manner in a safe environment.”

The center is expected to open in February. CCRI’s long-term goal is to achieve Multidisciplinary Clinical Simulation Center accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, which requires a two-year track record of excellence as a condition of application for review and accreditation.

“As Rhode Island’s sole community college and the largest provider of health care workers in the state, CCRI has a responsibility to provide students with appropriate facilities and up-to-date equipment that they will be using in the workplace,” said Di Pasquale. “With the generous support of the Champlin Foundations, we can ensure that our students graduate with the confidence and the experience they need to succeed in their chosen professions.”

Since Di Pasquale arrived at the college in 2006, CCRI has received more than $1.6 million in funding from the Champlin Foundations.

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