Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Simulation Centres are among Saskatchewan’s most advanced health care learning environments. The centres provide hands-on experience through reality-based learning activities for more than 2,300 Sask Polytech students from 22 nursing and health science programs each year.
The Simulation Centres prepare health care learners for clinical practice by building their competence and confidence through participation in realistic experiences. The centres create a wide variety of situations, which translate into better care for patients when students graduate and enter their chosen field.
Two distinct learning environments
The Simulation Centres’ progressive programming provides students with two distinct learning environments, a hospital lab and a technical lab, that help students to practice and improve their patient assessment and care skills.
Hospital lab (Low fidelity unit)
In the hospital lab, students learn specific skills such as how to make a bed, change a dressing, assess heart and lung sounds and administer medication. Once students learn a specific number of skills, they progress to the technical labs.
Technical lab (High fidelity unit)
In the technical lab, students receive a specific patient situation that challenges them to incorporate their skills and knowledge to determine the best treatment for their simulated patient. Students work with robotic mannequins operated by a simulation technician that provide vocal, audio and visual cues that are appropriate for the scenario. These robotic patients can speak, blink, breathe, bleed and even give birth to a baby. Students may also work with a trained patient actor who carries out a specific role in a situation, as either the patient, family member, visitor or bystander.
Students have the opportunity to:
- Engage in patient care and receive professional feedback on their practice in a setting that does not jeopardize patient safety.
- Work with a wide range of scenarios created for the developmental stage and professional scope of practice for each program. Some examples include managing the care of a patient with a heart attack, a patient experiencing an allergic reaction or a person who has alcohol poisoning at a house party.
- Gain exposure to situations that they may not see during their education period such as a cardiac arrest or complicated birth.
- Work as members of an interdisciplinary health team.
- Repeat skills, apply knowledge and receive feedback in a realistic environment.
- Identify and learn from errors in a safe setting.
Take a virtual tour of our Simulation Centres. To begin, select a campus, then choose the Simulation Centre from the drop-down menu found in the top left corner.
Prince Albert Campus, Academic Building
1500 10th Ave E
High and low fidelity units
4500 Wascana Pky
High and low fidelity units
Regina Campus, Parkway Building
4635 Wascana Pky
Low fidelity unit
Saskatoon Campus, Idylwyld Dr.
1130 Idylwyld Dr N
High and low fidelity unit