Ivy Tech Community College has formed a partnership with Dearborn County Hospital to provide advanced training for nursing students and healthcare professionals. The partnership involves the Simulation Center for Medical Education at Ivy Tech’s Lawrenceburg Riverfront campus.
The simulation center provides students and licensed healthcare professionals the ability to apply knowledge and skills in simulated, non-threatening settings. Simulation is already a component of all clinical nursing courses at Ivy Tech and DCH uses the simulation center for professional development and competency evaluation.
“Because of simulation, there are opportunities to provide care for high-risk, low-volume patients resulting in competence and confidence of healthcare providers,” said Dr. Shelly Eisert, Director of the Simulation Center for Medical Education and an Ivy Tech associate professor of nursing. “Sharing resources, specifically the simulation center, serves as a prime example of an innovative and collaborative approach to facilitate learning for healthcare providers. This helps us achieve our goal of improving patient outcomes in our community.”
Ivy Tech says there are future plans for the simulation center including critical thinking simulation scenarios. Ivy Tech and DCH are also exploring opportunities for inter-professional collaboration in simulation.