NEWS RELEASE · 3rd November 2011
Northwest medical and nursing students and healthcare practitioners will benefit from a unique and state-of-the-art learning environment located at Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace.
Thanks to a partnership with the University of British Columbia’s Northern Medical Program (NMP) and the School of Nursing at the University of Northern BC (UNBC), simulation centres will be open at four Northern Health (NH) locations with additional simulation technology integrated into the clinical nursing labs at two UNBC campuses.
“This patient simulation center has created a unique learning environment for healthcare professionals in the Northwest,” said Marina Ellinson, Chief Operating Officer Northwest for Northern Health. This collaboration is a success due to the partnership created with our academic partners specifically the shared space with the UNBC School of Nursing in Terrace.”
The $230,000 investment at the Mills Memorial Hospital allows students and clinicians to work with patient simulators and interactive training mannequins to improve their skills through different treatment scenarios. Other centre’s opening are located at GR Baker Hospital in Quesnel, Fort St. John Hospital, and at UNBC’s Prince George and Quesnel campuses. The center at University Hospital of Northern BC officially opened in June 2011.
“The Mills Memorial Centre is unique due to the combined academic and clinical space,” says Northern Medical Program head, Geoff Payne “This is an exceptional partnership and provides excellent skill development practice opportunities for physicians and other healthcare providers”.
The patient simulators provide realistic training tools for simulating a variety of patient care and advanced life-saving skills in medical emergencies. With spontaneous breathing, airway control, voice, sounds and many other clinical features, the mannequins are ideal tools for practicing everything from routine procedures, to emergency care and defibrillation or resuscitation.
“A variety of qualified health professionals and nursing and medical students now have the ability to learn and practice high intensity patient care situations in a low risk environment,” said Sue Skeates, Assistant Professor at UNBC’s School of Nursing, Terrace. “The UNBC School of Nursing in Terrace looks forward to integrating this learning to maximize patient safety in our rural setting.”
Leading-edge patient simulation technology is already in use at various medical and teaching facilities in BC. The development of the Northern Clinical Simulation Centres are unique in terms of their designs, coordination, and the collaborative partnership between the UBC’s Northern Medical Program, UNBC’s School of Nursing, and Northern Health that made them a reality.
Prince Rupert VS Terrace
Comment by Maggie Jo on 4th November 2011
It's interesting that Prince Rupert wasn't included in the simulation project.
I must bring this up again.
Why is MMH not the Regional Hospital?
Terrrace is the "heart organ" in the geographical map of NorthWest BC. I've never understood why Prince Rupert is deemed our "Regional" Hospital. Doesn't it make more sense to have medical specialists residing in Terrace where the geographical "heart" lives?
Terrace has the UNBC nursing program and is the geographical mustering ground for all surrounding Communities. And now Terrace was chosen over Prince Rupert to open this Simuulation Centre.
Hmmm...perhaps the medical/specialist staff at PR Regional Hospital can take a drive to Terrace to try out the new goods at Mills. I'm sure the MMH staff would be glad to offer training courses to our Regional Hospital staff.
(Get my point?)