The mission and vision of the Health Information and Technology in Simulation Educational Program is a crucial part of clinical curriculum in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. The program also supports educational activities incorporated into inter-professional grants and research for the College of Nursing and other collaborative colleges on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville main campus.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Nursing (UTKCON) including the Health Information and Technology in Simulation (HITS) Program is committed to the delivery of high quality academic programs, to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge through research and other scholarly activities, to the provision of service to the community, and to the promotion of the profession of nursing. Specifically, our unique mission is to facilitate the development of professional nurses who will promote society’s health at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
The vision for the Health Information Technology in Simulation (HITS) Education Program is to instruct and facilitate learning that measures the learner’s performance and competency in the healthcare environment and develop health care providers who continue to evaluate and apply principles learned in simulation to direct patient care.
The simulation facilities for the College of Nursing are located in two buildings on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s campus. The high-fidelity HITS (Health Innovation Technology and Simulation) Lab and the low-fidelity Learning Lab.
The simulation program has been awarded provisional accreditation through the International Society of Simulation in Healthcare. This status ensures all simulation activities follow best standards of simulation education delivery. You will find simulation incorporated into all clinical courses within the undergraduate and master’s programs. Simulation allows students the opportunity to practice newly acquired skills and handle patient/family situations not typically seen in the clinical setting.
The high-fidelity HITS (Health Innovation Technology and Simulation) lab is a 7,600-square-foot state-of-the art simulation facility located in Temple Hall. HITS has space that replicates patient care environments where health care providers learn cognitive, psychomotor (technical), and affective (behavioral) skills using an interprofessional approach.
The lab includes areas that simulate the following health care settings; a pediatric suite, medical/surgical room, obstetric delivery room, emergency room, Smart Home apartment space, and four primary care exam rooms.
Inside the lab are manikins for adult, obstetric, and pediatric care, which allow for presentation of high-fidelity simulations scenarios. Live simulated participants are also incorporated as warranted to provide learners with opportunity to provide care which is family centered and focused on communication. The space includes audiovisual technology that records simulation events, which can be immediately replayed for debriefing in a large classroom setting. In addition, the high fidelity HITS lab is equipped with two telehealth carts and robot technology to engage distance students in similar simulated learning opportunities.
The low-fidelity Learning Lab, located in the College of Nursing, is a 2,400-square-foot facility with 14 functioning acute care beds including wall units. This lab is equipped with medical supplies, medications, carts, and manikins that promote psychomotor skills learning. The lab experiences include a variety of multiple task trainers for skill-specific training, some of which are for tracheostomy and wound care, as well as IV and urinary catheter insertion.
In the center of the lab is a seated classroom with smart board technology used to reinforce learning. Two bed spaces are equipped with live feed cameras displayed on an interactive white board, reinforcing learning with live-feed video.