The SCBH RNs were some of the first to host Children’s Hospital’s $2.5 million mobile training lab called SimLab L1. SimLab L1 is a high-tech mobile training facility which uses the latest in simulation technology to educate and train healthcare and emergency response professionals. It began as a vision by the Children’s Hospital healthcare leaders to deliver the realism and effectiveness of simulation training directly to the doorstep of healthcare professionals.
Inside the large van, top of the line equipment and tools set the stage for training, mimicking a real emergency care facility. Simulation manikins breathe, cough, talk, act, and feel very much like real patients. Simulation training experts record each training session and debrief the scenario with the participants.
Besides high-tech training, bringing training directly to Benson can realize a cost savings. Traditionally, we sent a limited number of employees to major metropolitan areas to receive this level of training. With SimLab L1, we were able to train almost all of our RNs in the new procedures. Plus, the cost of travel, overtime, and staffing problems is virtually eliminated by using SimLab L1 to deliver training. SimLab L1 definitely fills a need in rural healthcare training.