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Institute for Patient Care Clinical Affilations Program

The Knight Simulation Program team has been providing educational programming for Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) employees and staff since 2004. Each simulation program addresses the overall themes of leadership, communication, teamwork, decision-making, and application of clinical knowledge and skills. Scenarios are video recorded and followed by a faculty-guided debriefing, which focuses on the clinical and behavioral aspects of performance. Programs vary in length from one to eight hours; some programs include didactic content and equipment review.

At the current time, only MGH staff and employees can attend Knight Simulation programs.

Program Descriptions

Simulated Bedside Emergencies for the New Nurse
This day-long program is designed to increase the nurse’s knowledge and skill in caring for patients experiencing bedside emergencies. The program includes participation in three simulated scenarios as well as didactic presentations on the code cart, defibrillation, the role of the code team, and documentation. Scenarios are video recorded and followed by a debriefing, which focuses on both clinical and behavioral aspects of performance. The target audience is the general care unit staff nurse with less than a year of acute care experience who has completed orientation and is feeling comfortable in his/her role as a new nurse. Contact hours: 7.0
Go to the Knight Nursing Center Continuing Education Calendar for course dates and registration.
For more information, please email the Knight Simulation Program team at PCSIPC@partners.org

Code Blue: Simulated Cardiac Arrest for the Experienced Nurse
This four-hour program is designed to increase the nurse’s knowledge and skill in caring for patients experiencing cardiopulmonary arrest. The program includes two simulated scenarios and didactic presentations on the code cart, defibrillation, the role of the code team, documentation, and an introduction to the principles of critical event management. Scenarios are video recorded and followed by a debriefing, which focuses on both clinical and behavioral aspects of performance. The target audience for this program is the general care unit staff nurse with more than a year of acute care experience.
Contact Hours: 4.0
Go to the Knight Nursing Center Continuing Education Calendar for course dates and registration.
For more information, please email the Knight Simulation Program team at PCSIPC@partners.org

Simulated Critical Care Emergencies: Enhancing Patient Safety
This four-hour program is designed to enhance patient safety by increasing the participant’s knowledge and skill in their role as a team member in the management of medical emergencies and in the interpretation of complex hemodynamics of a patient in shock. Critical care nurses participate in three video recorded simulated scenarios followed by a debriefing, which focuses on the clinical and behavioral aspects of performance. Nurses working in critical care areas are the target audience for this program.
Contact hours: 3.75
Go to the Knight Nursing Center Continuing Education Calendar for course dates and registration.
For more information, please email the Knight Simulation Program team at PCSIPC@partners.org

Critical Care Nurse Residency Program
This series of two-hour programs is part of the curriculum of the existing orientation program for new graduate nurses in critical care. Eight scenarios are linked with lecture content and provide the opportunity to develop assessment, critical thinking, communication and teamwork skills. The target audience for this series is new graduate nurses who are participating in the Critical Care Nurse Residency program.
For more information, please email the Knight Simulation Program team at PCSIPC@partners.org

Obstetric Simulation Programs                                                                                                     
Programs are designed to improve the clinical assessment and nursing management of obstetric patients experiencing bedside emergencies. The programs may include simulated scenarios, didactic presentations and principles of teamwork and communication. Scenarios are video recorded and followed by a faculty lead debriefing, which focuses on both clinical and behavioral aspects of performance. The target audience for these programs are labor and delivery, antenatal and postpartum nurses.                          
For more information, please email the Knight Simulation Program team at PCSIPC@partners.org

Code Team Training
This two-hour program is designed to improve the performance of interdisciplinary teams providing care for patients experiencing cardiopulmonary arrest. The program includes simulated scenarios and an introduction to the principles of critical event management. Scenarios are video recorded and followed by a debriefing, which focuses on both clinical and behavioral aspects of performance. The target audience for this program includes: nurses, nursing supervisors, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, medical residents and anesthesiology residents.
Contact Hours: 2.0  
For more information, please email the Knight Simulation Program team at PCSIPC@partners.org

Simulated Emergencies for the Oncology Nurse                                                                                
This four-hour program is designed to enhance early recognition and nursing management of high risk/low frequency clinical events in the oncology patient. The program includes active participation in simulated scenarios, which are video recorded and followed by a debriefing that focuses on both the clinical and behavioral aspects of performance.
The target audience for this program includes chemotherapy competent MGH nurses working on the following units: Lunder 7, Lunder 8, Lunder 9, Lunder 10, Phillips House 21, Cox 1, Blake 6, Yawkey Infusion Unit and Radiation Oncology.       
Contact hours: 4.0 

For more information, please email the Knight Simulation Program team at PCSIPC@partners.org

Simulated Bedside Emergencies for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 
This four-hour program is designed to increase the nurse practitioner’s knowledge and skill in managing the care of patients experiencing bedside emergencies. Nurse practitioners participate in simulated scenarios, which are video recorded and followed by a debriefing focusing on the clinical and behavioral aspects of performance. Nurse practitioners working in inpatient oncology are the target audience for this program.
Contact hours: 4.0                                                                                                                                               
For more information, please email the Knight Simulation Program team at PCSIPC@partners.org

Nursing Care of the Patient with a Left Ventricular Assist Device
This four-hour program is designed to enhance early recognition and nursing management of high risk/low frequency events in patients with left ventricular assist devices. Nurses participate in simulated scenarios, which are video recorded and followed by a debriefing focusing on the clinical and behavioral aspects of performance. The target audience for this program is the Ellison 8 nursing staff.
For more information, please email the Knight Simulation Program team at PCSIPC@partners.org

Unit-Based Programs
The Knight Center Simulation Program team offers individualized programs to meet the needs of MGH staff and employees. Programs are held in the simulation lab or on patient care units.
For more information, please email the Knight Simulation Program team at PCSIPC@partners.org

Not Finding What You’re Looking For?
The Knight Center Simulation Program team is available to assist in the development of simulation programs to meet the needs of MGH staff and employees.
For more information, please email the Knight Simulation Program team at PCSIPC@partners.org

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