Global Healthcare Simulation Week

SIMULATION MANIKINS, like this one in the simulation lab at Missouri State University-West Plains, help nursing students prepare for real life healthcare scenarios. Nursing students and faculty celebrated Global Healthcare Simulation Week by hosting an open house at the lab in Looney Hall from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 17. From left: students Lexie Neal of West Plains, Mary Marty of Clinton, Ark., and Lanessa Wheeler of West Plains; assistant professors of nursing Barbara Caton and Carla Huddleston; and students Hailey Bunch, Shelly Durham and Cailynne Henry, all of West Plains.

Students and faculty in the nursing department at Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) celebrated the third annual Global Healthcare Simulation Week Sept. 16-20.

The event is sponsored by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). It is designed to increase public awareness of the importance of simulation in healthcare training and outcomes, according to Carla Huddleston, assistant professor of nursing and simulation/clinical coordinator.

“Healthcare simulation is a learning tool that recreates a clinical environment to allow students to experience a realistic healthcare event,” she explained. “The purpose of healthcare simulation is to teach new skills, refresh old ones and improve the delivery of safe and effective patient care.”

MSU-WP’s student nurses train on such equipment in the university’s simulation lab in Looney Hall. Funded with a $250,000 grant assisted by former U.S. Congresswoman JoAnn Emerson in 2011, the simulation lab serves, on average, 75 to 80 students and conducts 25 to 30 high quality simulations each semester, Huddleston said.

Each student rotates through the simulation lab three to four times each semester beginning in the second semester of their first year, she added.

Healthcare Simulation Week celebrates professionals who use healthcare simulation to improve the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare delivery, she said.

“New methods and technologies are emerging that present enhanced opportunities to improve patient care,” Huddleston explained. “As a result, it is an important field in which many healthcare professionals are finding a lifelong career.”

“Healthcare simulation continues to grow at an extraordinary rate,” SSH President KT Waxman said in a press release from the organization. “An increasing number of professionals in the healthcare industry are waking up to simulation’s ability to help individuals and organizations improve patient care, which is so great to witness. We want to celebrate both that increased role and all healthcare simulation professionals.”

For more information about the nursing program at MSU-WP, visit, call 255-w7739 or email

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