Hands-on Healthcare Education
George Brown’s Centre for Health Sciences is committed to providing you with an education that closely mirrors the real world so that you are prepared to do the job right after graduation. Because hands-on learning on actual patients or clients is not always an option, the Centre for Health Sciences has created a modern simulated learning environment that allows the student an opportunity to put theory into practice in a safe and controlled environment.
The Simulation Centre encompasses five 12-bed Simulation Practice Labs that reproduces a variety of hospital and long-term care settings, and in addition, there are 4 high-fidelity suites, one operating room suite, and a bachelor apartment called the Health eHome (a fully functioning bachelor apartment with adjacent kitchens used to teach students and members of the community how to care for people in their homes).
The next best thing to real patients
Within the Simulation Centre, you will work through a wide range of scenarios including various healthcare settings or home environment, from developing therapeutic communication skills, to caring for complex critically ill infants and adults, that will help prepare you for future placement and work opportunities. As you hone your skills, you won’t have to worry about making mistakes because you will be practicing on our high and low fidelity mannequins which can be programmed to communicate verbally and respond physiologically in much the same way a live patient would.
We believe this practical learning enhances critical thinking, communication and team building skills. You will be exposed to and will benefit from our interprofessional approach and will gain a valuable understanding of the realities of today’s healthcare workplaces. As a graduate of our Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing, you will enter hospital rooms, clinical or homecare settings with the skills you need to get the job done.
Each semester, nearly 1,000 students across 19 undergraduate and post graduate programs benefit from some form of collaborative simulated learning.
As a nursing student, you will gain from this interprofessional approach that promotes collaborative practice in the field. For example, our nursing and dental faculty work together to develop emergency scenarios in order to assist dental hygiene students in providing care to a client who may develop chest pain or shortness of breath. Nursing students teach American Sign Language (ASL)-English Interpreting students how they create health histories for their patients, while ASL-English interpreting students teach nursing students how to work with interpreters when treating and communicating with Deaf patients.
No other college in Ontario exposes as many students to as many simulated learning experiences during an academic year, as does George Brown College.
George Brown has been a leader in the area of simulated learning since 2003. Our faculty include renowned lead “simulationists” Lorraine Betts, Celina DaSilva, Colleen Alleyne, Charene Woods, Barbara Godfrey, Sarah Evans, Joanne Guatto, Suba Sivaramalingam and Connie Barbour. Their collective experience represents a critical mass of expertise that is not duplicated anywhere else in Ontario.
Building capacity through a “Train the Trainer” model is a key focus of our strategic plan. In 2011, our simulationists worked with SimOne and trained 15 nursing faculty members from three different institutions and will continue to train new simulationists across Toronto and beyond. The second Summer Institute ran in 2012 and another 15 faculty were trained as simulationists.
The Simulation Centre is also a viable research space where industry can test products before taking them to market. George Brown has a partnership with Infonaut Inc. , a company which manufacturers GPS based technologies to monitor the spread of infectious diseases in hospital settings. St. Michael's Hospital partnered with the Simulation Centre to conduct research on a cardiac defibrillator monitor and George Brown’s Engineering Department has conducted a sleep study using mannequins.
Partner with Us
For industry partners interested in booking a tour, or renting our space, please contact Paula Mastrilli at Paula.Mastrilli@georgebrown.ca or 416-415-5000 ext. 3098.
For a complete list of our Simulation Centre organizational contacts, please click here.
Each year, the Centre for Health Sciences hosts an annual Simulation Institute and Networking Event to bring together health sciences educators and practitioners with experience in simulation to share information, advance scholarly research and form collaborations, amongst other activities.
George Brown has taken a leadership role in the college sector and the nursing and health sciences sectors in the area of simulation. This is evidenced by a new partnership between our Collaborative Nursing Degree Program and SIM-one , a province-wide inter-professional healthcare simulation network. SIMone has supported our annual simulation event, provided a Summer Institute in which simulationist can be trained, marketed events and exposed us to a broader network of health care providers.
Our recent move to the Waterfront Campus, has positioned George Brown College to be a leader in the field of simulation. By combining innovative technology, a state-of-the-art facility, with highly experienced faculty, our students are exposed to the best the industry has to offer.
Our newly expanded simulation centre offers our students innovative technology, a state-of–the–art facility and highly experience faculty resulting in greater access to simulation and interprofessional activities that will position the student for success.