Stavanger University, School of Nursing offers a three-year Bachelor degree program, a number of three and four-semester postgraduate studies, and a two-year Master program in Nursing.
Stavanger University Hospital serves a population of 325,000 and employs 5500. In addition to a strong focus on acute medicine, the hospital’s main responsibilities are patient treatment, research, training an education for healthcare professionals, and patient education.
The university and the hospital had been facilitating simulations independentently of each other for years, but in their strive to enhance medical training and education, both institutions regarded it would be beneficial to integrate more simulations with the everyday training schedule.
Collaborative effort generated more training opportunities
The two institutions and Laerdal Medical shared the aspiration of strengthening acute medicine and increasing patient safety. As improved medical training for healthcare students and healthcare professionals was considered a crucial part of this endeavor, the three partners decided to join forces in order to establish Stavanger Acute Medicine Foundation for Education and Research (SAFER) in 2006.
The center’s main activity is to develop and conduct simulation training for a wide variety of healthcare professionals and healthcare students. The faculty develops simulation scenarios compliant with the nursing curricula and the students' learning objectives, as the training for professionals is equally tailored to meet their various educational needs. SAFER also facilitates instructor training (train-the-trainer courses) and conducts research around Patient safety and Simulation as a pedagogical method. The center actively participates in national and international simulation networks and acts as a model for others who plan to establish similar learning centers. The 900 sq meter simulation facilities comprise 7 simulation rooms, 2 control rooms, 3 debriefing rooms, labs, and I large classroom that can be divided into 2 smaller ones.
Many more students and healthcare professionals are now training in a safe, controlled environment, without causing harm to to real patients. The participants are exposed to a variety of clinical conditions and receive feedback during subsequent lenghty, personalized debrief sessions. Because the learning objectives are clearly stated and drawn up beforehand, the participants know what to focus on during the scenarios.
SAFER provides simulation training for all sectors of the chain of survival and makes use of both skills training and fully immersive simulations to accomodate a diversified group of learners.
Hence, more students are better prepared for clinical practice, and more professionals are given the opportunity to enhance both individual competency and their performance as members of a team.