As paramedics drove in a male patient with a gunshot wound, the
doctors, surgeons, nurses and instructors who would attend to him
prepared for work. They were concerned with the patient, but just as
important were the dozens of people sitting inside classrooms, ready to
watch them go to work. The patient may not have been real and the
registered nurse may have been a surgeon in reality, but the simulation
experience was valuable for the medical staff gathered at Riverland
Community College’s Austin campus.
Almost 100 instructors, nurses, doctors, and medical staff from all
over the U.S. gathered at Riverland Friday at the Minnesota Simulation
Conference to learn more classroom simulations and how to incorporate
them into their organization.
“We’re trying to be a catalyst in the state and in the region to
bring the simulation community together,” said Amy Wangen, training and
development representative at Riverland.
Riverland staff have plenty of simulation experience, as the college
regularly conducts simulation exercises between its health and law
enforcement departments, notably the annual spring disaster simulation.
The college designed its medical department wing with simulation
exercises in mind, and this year marks the sixth disaster simulation,
according to law enforcement instructor Steve Wald.
“We’re trying to prepare the students for what they’re going to actually see and experience out there,” he said.
Medical instructors and professionals traded simulation advice at the
day-long conference Friday, which culminated in a simulation for some
of the attendees present with the rest of the conference watching in
classrooms. Wangen said she hoped all participants would be able to take
something back to their hospital, medical center or school to improve
“The ultimate goal of all this is better patient outcome,” Wangen said.
Buhain, an instructor at St. Paul College and medical recruiter for the
Navy, talks to the pretend victim John Manigold during a simulation for
a gunshot at Riverland Community College during the Minnesota