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Clinical Simulation Laboratory earns full accreditation through 2027

January 30, 2023

The Community College of Rhode Island’s Health Sciences Clinical Simulation Laboratory, located at the college’s Lincoln Campus, has been granted full accreditation for its simulation program in the area of Teaching/Education through December 31, 2027 by The Society for Simulation in Healthcare. 

CCRI’s simulation lab provides Nursing and Allied Health students with realistic clinical experiences where they can apply knowledge and skills in a safe environment. The educational activities that are provided in the simulation laboratory assist in the development of clinical, interpersonal, interprofessional, and critical thinking skills. 

Accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in the area of Teaching/Education ensures students are provided high quality, excellent simulation-based education. This commendation benefits the college in multiple ways, including enrollment in the health science programs by potential students, faculty and staff advancement, sustainability of CCRI’s simulation lab, and increased opportunities for grants.

“This is an incredible achievement to receive full accreditation for the simulation labs,” said CCRI’s Dean of Health and Rehabilitative Sciences Suzanne Carr, PhD, RN. “Our students deserve state-of-the-art labs to enhance their learning. We look forward to expanding our simulation footprint in 2024.”

With two simulation bays, a control room, two debriefing rooms, a simulated clean utility/medication room, and a work area, the lab is designed and outfitted like a modern-day hospital room. Each bay is equipped with audio visual monitoring and recording equipment with the capability to live stream or playback simulationevents in the debriefing rooms. The medication room is also equipped with audiovisual and recording equipment.

The laboratory's inventory of high-fidelity patient simulators includes two SimNewB neonatal simulators, two SimJunior pediatric simulators, two 3G adult simulators, and two SimMom obstetrical simulators in addition to a recently-added Nursing Anne and SimBaby simulators. The laboratory also has two Hill-Rom Affinity birthing beds, two fully stocked crash carts with a cardiac monitor and defibrillator, two V60 non-invasive ventilators and one Nellcor Puritan Bennet 980 ventilator.

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare, formerly known as the Society for Medical Simulation, is a non-profit organization founded to advance the application of medical simulation in healthcare and serves as a resource for young professionals in their growth in medical education and administration.

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