Simulation Activities (Nurse Anesthesia)

The Nurse Anesthesia Program has always been a leader in simulation education, developing a course on Anesthesia Crisis Management for CRNAs as early as 1994. The simulation facility in the School of Nursing is a state-of-the-art facility designed to facilitate 'full context' simulation activities.  The educational approach is to have learning occur in an environment that is as close as possible to reality in order to promote more effective learning.  

The School of Nursing simulation labs contain anesthesia gas machines; anesthesia carts; emergency carts; a malignant hyperthermia (MH) cart; OR supplies; critical care supplies; gas supply; vacuum; OR lights; intercom; alarm systems; and a line of Laerdal Mannequins including SimMan®, SimMom®, SimBaby®, SimNewbie®, and SimEssentials®.  The lab has full audiovisual capability with two active cameras, audio and video mixers, monitor, and digital recorders. 

Additional simulation experiences take place at the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation Education and Research (WISER), is a world class multidisciplinary training and research facility. WISER, an institute of the University of Pittsburgh with a mission to conduct research and training programs utilizing simulation based education to provide a safer environment for learning. WISER is a 16,000 square-foot simulation center developed in a partnership between the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Dental Medicine, Center for Emergency Medicine, UPMC, and the Laerdal Corporation.  This partnership optimizes the educational experiences for students in the Nurse Anesthesia Program. 

Educational simulation activities currently offered include:

First Year

  • Gowning and Gloving
  • IV insertion
  • Arterial line insertion
  • Central venous catheter insertion
  • Anesthesia gas machine lab
  • Pre-operative evaluation
  • Positioning for surgery
  • Airway workshop
  • Spinal anesthesia insertion
  • Epidural anesthesia insertion
  • Sterile field preparation
  • Mock induction of anesthesia
  • Problem-based simulation (cardiac, respiratory, GI, neuro)

Second and Third Years

  • Pediatric simulation
  • Double-lumen endotracheal tube insertion
  • Fiberoptic bronchoscopy simulation
  • Anesthesia crisis leadership training
  • Simulation teaching practicum (NURSAN 2751)
  • Trauma simulation
  • Difficult airway simulation
  • Regional anesthesia workshop (spinal, epidural, peripheral nerve block, cadaver exploration, ultrasound use)
    Additional opportunities to develop skills as a simulation educator