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New Gift Dedicates Important Simulation Learning Space at Fagin Hall

Penn alums Patricia Bleznak Silverstein, C’81 and Howard A. Silverstein, W’69 are advocating for innovation at Penn Nursing through education—by dedicating one of Fagin Hall’s four high fidelity simulation suites located in the Helene Fuld Pavilion for Innovative Learning and Simulation.

High-fidelity patient simulation is a critical piece of student learning at Penn Nursing. It allows for the use of computerized manikins that simulate real-life scenarios, putting students in situations that promote skills acquisition, aid development of clinical judgment, and teach students about complex clinical situations with lifelike examples. Most importantly of all, students are able to acquire and develop critical-thinking and decision-making skills without exposing patients to unnecessary risk.

Penn Nursing has long been a technological leader in nursing education. The School was the first nursing school to integrate the interactive SimMan® into its healthcare simulation space, and we continue to lead the way with boundary-pushing education—while continuing to utilize components like high-fidelity situation that give students a high quality learning atmosphere.

“Instructors will often program the SimMan to act as a patient having an emergency,” says Katelyn G. Elliott, Nu’19, GNu’20, “so we have to think on our feet in an intense situation. These practice runs significantly increase my competence and confidence as a soon-to-be nurse. Just last week, I participated in a birthing simulation with the pregnant manikin and learned how to deliver the sim baby. Only a couple days later in clinical, I participated in a real birth and helped successfully deliver a living, breathing baby. Practicing that situation in sim lab prepared me to apply my nursing skills safely, effectively, and confidently in the real world.”

The new Patricia Bleznak Silverstein, C’81 and Howard A. Silverstein, W’69 Simulation Suite is located on the second floor of Fagin Hall. Patricia Silverstein is a member of Penn Nursing’s Board of Overseers.