Salinas Valley Memorial’s new Experiential Learning Center (ELC) brings training to life for nurses, physicians and other staff. Located in our education Center on Abbott Street, the ELC features a state-of-the-art simulation lab that uses life-like mannequins programmed to act out specific patient conditions. The high-tech simulators include two adult males, a female that can simulate delivery of a baby among other scenarios, and an infant. These specialized mannequins make sounds, have a heart beat and make other movements that vividly portray a real-life situation. These are typically situations that occur infrequently at the hospital so it provides an excellent way to keep those life-saving skills honed.
On the other side of a one-way mirror, an educator operates the simulators while cameras record the entire training experience. After the simulation, there’s a review to identify areas of strength and those needing improvement or additional practice.
The ELC also features traditional classrooms, computer rooms and a separate skills lab for nursing orientation. The ELC is set up just like the patient rooms to replicate actual surroundings and equipment.
If your organization or professional group could benefit from using the SVMHS Simulation lab, it is available for training for your group. We are located at 611 Abbott Street in Salinas. You can contact us for reasonable costs and a tour.
Laura Zerbe, CPHQ LSSGB
Organizational Improvement Specialist
(831) 757-4333 ext. 1023