A state-of-the-art simulation center, that utilizes a variety of methods to measure an individual's ability to use knowledge and skills to assess and manage clinical problems, has recently been constructed and opened at Albany Medical Center (AMC). The Patient Safety and Clinical Competency Center (PSCCC) will allow AMC to integrate simulation across the continuum of education in order to: determine practitioner competence; allow for the initiation of a system of individual and team accountability; assure patient safety; integrate emerging technology into mainstream practice; and improve the communication skills of practitioners with their patients and colleagues.
The Center for Nurse Anesthesiology (CNA) has been actively participating in the Simulation Committee to determine the guidelines for simulation use and outcomes. Graduate students in the CNA will experience high fidelity simulation throughout their curriculum which will meet the goal of enhancing critical thinking skills and confidence levels as an anesthesia provider. The use of a human patient simulator is a tool for experimental learning in a safe, caring environment.