NMCC’s Allied Health Simulation Center has brought a new level of technology-aided, hands-on learning to allied health students at Maine’s northern-most community college.
Designed to feel like a hospital wing, the renovated second-floor Allied Health Sim Center features three simulation rooms with interactive mannequins and dedicated control rooms where instructors can monitor and record events. Two separate debriefing classrooms offer real-time observation or recorded scenario playback, allowing students to receive feedback and improve their skills and response times. The simulation equipment includes an infant mannequin called Pediatric Hal, one of only six in the world. Together, these tools are allowing NMCC instructors to replicate patient-situations and teach students critical skills, in a consistent environment with no risk to patients.
In addition to the three simulation rooms, the renovated Allied Health Simulation Center houses a large nursing skills lab and adjacent medical assisting lab as well as a waiting room, patient registration area, and infant nursery. The Sim Center lobby includes four widescreen monitors and display space for educating visitors.