Simulation Program

"An immersion in the reality of pediatric patient care"

Nationwide Children’s Simulation Program supports the hospital’s guiding principle to “Create a safe day every day.” Our Simulation Program provides opportunities for various medical professionals to practice technical skills, medical judgment, and collaborative teamwork. Simulation activities incorporate a variety of simulation modalities and methodologies including state-of-the-art simulators, actual patient care environments, virtual reality, and task trainers. Typical simulation sessions place the learners in a safe and controlled learning environment where they actively participate in highly immersive, realistic and high-risk scenarios. All simulation activity is aimed at improving the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare services.

Our simulation program has a dedicated staff including medical directors, simulation coordinators, simulation technologists and facilitators, who work together to develop and implement simulation based education programs that meet the changing needs of the organization.

Our Mission Statement

"We will improve patient safety and quality of care through educational programs based on medical simulation and task training."

We put this into action by:

  • Provide a safe, non-threatening, controlled learning environment.
  • Improve inter-professional teamwork and communication.
  • Identify areas of vulnerability in the clinical environment.
  • Standardize in-hospital approach to medical emergencies.
  • Validate continuing competence of healthcare professionals.
  • Foster deliberate practice of procedural skills.
  • Integrate simulation-based orientation to all new facilities and equipment.
  • Evaluate and enhance system preparedness for low frequency/high risk events
  • Develop and implement competency-based training and assessment measures for individuals and teams
  • Improve early recognition of patients at risk for adverse outcomes


255 E Main St. Simulation Center

Our simulation center is located at 255 E. Main Street. We have both infant and pediatric simulation rooms. Each room is modeled after a patient's hospital room and is fully equipped with A/V equipment for enhancing the education experience. We also have an adjacent conference room to provide a separate area for debriefing and additional educational activities.

A1 Simulation Lab

To meet the increasing demand for simulation education, a new 650 square foot simulation lab opened in March 2018. It is designed to create a highly immersive and realistic learning environment to improve clinical staff’s skills and behavior with the goal of improving patient outcomes. Highlights of the new simulation lab include:

  • Two patient room spaces that are modeled after actual inpatient rooms
  • Debriefing area to reflect on the simulation experience
  • State-of-the-art audio-video system to enhance the learning experience
  • Space for skills training to practice perfect technique
  • Distraction-free learning environment
  • Customized and curriculum-based simulation sessions

In Situ Simulation

Our In Situ program takes simulation experiences to the learner in actual clinical environment. A mobile high fidelity simulator is taken to in-patient units, intensive care units and off site locations.

Multi-disciplinary sessions are utilized to train staff in our START program (Simulation Training for Assessment, Resuscitation and Teamwork) and resident and fellow training. All sessions include practice with our "Zero Hero Essentials".

Meet the Team


Terri Long MSN, RN
Director, Education

Tensing Maa MD
Medical Director
Critical Care Medicine

DJ Scherzer MD
Medical Director
Emergency Medicine

Simulation Staff

Larissa Anglim, BSN, RN
Simulation Coordinator

Stephanie Burgess, Paramedic
Simulation Technologist

Mary Coles MSN, RN
Simulation Coordinator

Tom Heater, RRT, BBA
Simulation Coordinator

Todd Heslep, BSN, RN, Paramedic
Simulation Coordinator

Linda Melfi
Education Specialist

Erica Rey, BSN, RN
Simulation Coordinator

Eric Shalosky, EMT
Simulation Technologist

High Fidelity Simulators


Ester is the first newborn simulator developed to meet the challenges of neonatal care specialist training in real environments. Active movement, true ventilator support, real patient monitoring, and all-day battery life. These are just a few of the revolutionary new capabilities, which allow Super Tory to simulate complex pathologies and respond to interventions with unparalleled realism.


Newborn allows you to take advanced simulation where you need to go and that can be at an accident scene, in an ER, in a Labor and Delivery room, or in a NICU. “Care in motion” also provides the opportunity for you to measure how well patient “hand-offs” take place.

Wally, Willie, Russell

Wally, Willie and Russell mimic a patient age of 15 months to 28 months. He allows you to take advanced simulation where you need to train. It may be at an accident scene, in an ER, an EMS vehicle, or even in a He remains fully functional while being moved from place to place. This “Care in motion” allows you to evaluate both team training and how well patient “hand-offs” are conducted. What is done well? What needs to be improved?


Ferguson mimics a patient age of 4 years to 7 years. Ferguson is a tetherless simulator with wireless communications. Fully responsive, even during transport. Wireless streaming audio. Automatic or instructor control..