Simulation in Motion - June 2021

Throughputs in Action

Simulation in Motion—South Dakota (SIM-SD)

Submitted by Debra Morello, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Monument Health, Rapid City, SD

The opportunity for our rural EMS colleagues to receive up-to-date, evidence-based training for their specialty can be challenging due to remote locations and financial situations.

In April 2010, The Leona M. and Harry B. Hemsley Charitable Trust Foundation collaborated with the State Department of Rural Health and several healthcare organizations within the state of South Dakota, which included Monument Health (then known as Regional Health), in awarding a grant offering SIM-SD: A Partnership for Emergency Patient Care to bring emergency care education to life. Over the past 10 years, Monument Health has continued to support the professional development initiative of providing emergency care education within our organization and rural communities in western South Dakota. 

Our simulation program is equipped with adult, obstetric, child, infant, and neonate high fidelity patient simulators. The nursing professional development (NPD) simulation team collaborates with providers, nurses, pharmacists, law enforcement, and first responders—to name a few—to build scenarios best suited for their specific educational needs. Simulation scenarios have included:

  • Code Blue
  • Malignant Hyperthermia
  • Precipitous Delivery
  • Opioid Overdose
  • Special Pathogen
  • Trauma

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, our NPD simulation team delivered several hundred scenarios each year, reaching over 1,000 colleagues in one year. Looking forward to this year, we are anticipating our simulation program will continue to make an impact in our healthcare community.

Our department’s mission is making a difference by elevating nursing practice through professional development of individuals and teams to deliver patient and family centered quality care…every day. Our simulation program continues to be an intricate part of meeting this mission.

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