College of Nursing announces new partnership with Roane State Community College

The University of Tennessee, College of Nursing Simulation Department and Roane State Community College have forged a collaborative partnership to elevate the expertise of health care educators through a comprehensive professional development initiative.

Beginning in 2024, this partnership will provide 12 faculty members from Roane State with specialized training in simulation best practices.

“The simulation team is honored to begin working collaboratively this spring with leaders and faculty from Roane State Community College,” said Susan Hébert, assistant dean of simulation.”This opportunity reflects a high level of commitment from the Roane State leadership team to understand the need to professionally prepare educators with the best practices of health care simulation as they prepare for the opening of a new simulation center in 2025.”

The extensive training will be made up of two asynchronous online learning modules, and a two day onsite at the Health Innovation Technology and Simulation (HITS) lab on UT’s campus.

The first module will be an introduction to simulation in health care, covering the aims and advantages of simulated learning, engaging learners, and simulated best practices. The second module will cover tools and knowledge for clinical educators to prepare, implement, and evaluate simulation based on best practices.

The goal of the two modules is to not only give faculty members at Roane State an understanding of simulation, but also give them the opportunity to design cases, integrate and facilitate simulation, and conduct debriefing with students.

During the two-day onsite Roane State clinical educators and simulation staff will receive hands-on training incorporating lessons from both modules, focusing on moulage, technical aspects of simulation, master training, simulation event facilitation and debriefing, and learner evaluation.

This partnership provides a pathway for both institutions to advance the field of health care education through immersive and innovative simulation techniques.


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