The first studios were established in 2009. At first, we trained teachers as simulation instructors and integrated simulations into emergency training of nurse, midwifery and public health nurse education courses. The second, our focus was to develop patient/ client/ family centred interprofessional (IP) team training by using simulation education. Today we have IP simulation courses integrated in curricula of medical and all health care study programs.
PhD, Senior Lecturer Tiina Tervaskanto-Mäentausta from OAMK made her dissertation some time ago about simulation and is very eager to develop simulation pedagogy more. “Why not to use simulations more in learning to care for the ethnic people, gender and age based questions and everyday life of disabled and older people. We have already integrated simulations to social care education and have some examples of scenarios about ethnic family with children and also scenarios of child protection cases. We also have developed a special “enabled home” environment to train and probe suitable technology to live at home when there are problems in everyday life.”
Tiina also adds that training in SimLab is effective. “ Based on the students’ feedback, training in simulation environment with real life scenarios is effective. Students have so far started to trust and respect on different types of expertise and learned patient/ client/ family centred care and services. In the future society, students need competencies to solve complicated problems of the people, often using mobile connections. More and more important is to learn social skills, how to communicate, how to face people with different background. In simulation students can use all their senses while they act, observe and reflect; the future pedagogy turns more and more into active learning methods and into digital and authentic environments. In Oulu we are connected to OuluHealth Network to share and learn to work together for the healthier future.”
Design from Oulu – Oamk SimLab