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Creative Clinical Simulation Spaces: Making a Realistic Behavioral Health Unit

Presented by: Tracee Chapman, DNP, RN, CEN, SANE-A, CHSE, Kelley Connor, PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE
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This CE Webinar will explore strategies to expand the possibilities of limited clinical simulation spaces to improve student learning experiences with inpatient behavioral health.
  • Recording: June 20th 10AM PDT, UTC-7
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  • Method: Lecture with Slides
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Level: Intermediate

Presentation Abstract:

Inpatient behavioral health clinicals present unique challenges due to their typically smaller size and limited availability. Behavioral health patients exist in all clinical settings, posing complex and diverse care needs, and is important to ensure students are able to care for these patients. Creating a realistic inpatient behavioral health unit and simulation scenario addresses training needs and the challenges encountered in the clinical setting.

A comprehensive behavioral health clinical scenario was developed by crafting a series of patient profiles based on a realistic backstory and one of seven prevalent mental health diagnoses (such as depression, bipolar, or schizophrenia). These profiles were altered and replicated with different patient names, resulting in a pool of 21 simulated patients used in this scenario. The simulated patients are portrayed by actors and staff to accommodate for the scale of this simulation. To replicate the environment, an entire floor of the nursing building is utilized as an inpatient psychiatric unit. Standardized patients are able to ambulate around the “unit”. Signage indicates common spaces found in psychiatric units, such as a quiet room, group room, and examination room.

By participating in this scenario, students practice assessments such as inquiring about suicidal ideation, evaluating anxiety, and discerning the presence of hallucinations. Participation helps students understand the distinctions between acute care and inpatient behavioral health settings. Simulation space is maximized because the simulation takes place in non-tradition simulation areas and is more representative of an inpatient behavioral health setting.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the elements of designing an immersive inpatient behavioral health simulation lab outside of a simulation center.
  2. Explain strategies for creating an inpatient behavioral health unit environment for clinical learners to practice.
  3. Articulate key design features used to create large-scale behavioral health simulation scenarios.

Meet the Presenter:

Tracee Chapman, DNP, RN, CEN, SANE-A, CHSE

Interim Director of Simulation-Based Education and Research at Boise State University
Dr. Tracee Chapman is a dedicated nurse educator who focuses on simulation-based education. She obtained her CHSE in the Fall of 2023 and DNP in Executive Leadership in the Spring of 2024. Her board certifications in emergency and forensic nursing complement a rich blend of knowledge and experience in her role. As a graduate of the INACSL ISEP winter 2022 cohort, she remains committed to staying abreast of the latest developments in her field. She works closely with faculty to develop content across cohorts within the undergraduate pre-licensure and AGNP programs. In her capacity as Interim Director of Simulation-Based Education and Research, Dr. Chapman innovates alongside her team to ensure faculty and staff members meet their professional development goals while providing a safe learning environment for nursing students. With a weekly commitment to facilitating simulations, she actively engages with students, guiding them toward critical objectives and enhancing their learning experience. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, and fishing with her husband and two boys.
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Kelley Connor, PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE

Interim Divisional Dean School of Nursing at Boise State University
Kelley Connor, PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE, has been a nursing educator and scholar at Boise State University for 17 years. Dr. Connor has demonstrated a strong commitment to simulation innovation. Her work has included the development and implementation of a series of virtual healthcare simulations large-scale simulation scenarios and several virtual reality simulations. She is currently the Interim Divisional Dean in the School of Nursing where she mentors students faculty and staff along with her administrative duties. She is an active member of several simulation professional organizations.
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Paula Shaver

Clinical Assistant Professor at Boise State University
Paula Shaver, MSN, RN-C, ANCC-certified in General Nursing, is an active member of the simulation team since 2014. She has facilitated and maintained the integrity of medical-surgical scenarios at all student levels. Her current simulation role includes developing, maintaining, and facilitating behavioral health simulations. She is involved in mentoring new facilitators and readily fills in when facilitators are needed. Having always worked outside of the acute care setting she is currently interested in bringing ambulatory care concepts into future scenarios.
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Tammie Sherner

Clinical Assistant Professor at Boise State University
Board-certified in oncology Psychiatry, and palliative care, Professor Tammie Sherner is passionate about Simulation Education. She actively facilitates simulation on a weekly basis and is fully engaged with students to enable critical objectives. She actively leads and participates in mental health simulations and has created and run an innovative palliative care simulation to allow students to experience what it is like to be a hospice nurse.
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Lance W. Baily, BA, EMT-B is the Founder / CEO of HealthySimulation.com, the world’s leading healthcare simulation resource website which supports thousands healthcare professionals a month. As an experienced entrepreneur, digital media producer and administrative professional, Lance has the background and the experience necessary to help guide the clinical simulation industry to mass adoption.

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Teresa Gore, PhD, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CHSE-A, FSSH, FAAN - Dr. Gore has experience in educating future nurses in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Dr. Gore has a PhD in Adult Education, a DNP as a family nurse practitioner, and a certificate in Simulation Education. Dr. Gore is an innovative, compassionate educator and an expert in the field of healthcare simulation. In 2007l Teresa started her journey in healthcare simulation. She is involved in INACSL and SSH. She is a Past-President of INACSL and is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator Advanced (CHSE-A). In 2018, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). In 2021, she was inducted as a Fellow in the Society of Simulation in Healthcare Academy (FSSH) and selected as a Visionary Leader University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Alumni. During her career, Dr. Gore has led in the development and integration of simulation into all undergraduate clinical courses and started an OSCE program for APRN students. Her research interests and scholarly work focus on simulation, online course development and faculty development. She has numerous invited presentations nationally and internationally on simulation topics.
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