Annual Simulation Disaster event held in Newly Established Inter-professional Educational Simulation Center

Kettering College Division of Nursing is transitioning their nursing lab space into an Inter-professional Education Simulation Center in an effort to boost inter disciplinary learning between all allied health programs offered at Kettering College.

The nursing lab was renamed and is now called the Inter-professional Educational Simulation Center. The intent is to grow this simulation center into a state of the art 6,000 Ft simulation center, which will be the first of its kind in the Dayton area. In October, 2015 the Kettering College Board of Trustees awarded $130.000.00 to Kettering College to equip the Division of Nursing’s simulation lab with high-fidelity manikins and, after consulting with other universities with simulation centers around the country, 6 Laedral manikins were chosen and installed in February, 2016.

Kettering College Students from all training programs participate in large-scale simulation in collaboration with KMC emergency department

This summer, more than 200 students took part in the annual mass disaster simulation at Kettering College. The nursing department at Kettering College took the lead, working closely with faculty and staff in the physician assistant, respiratory care, sonography, and radiologic sciences and imaging programs, as well as with emergency department staff at Kettering Medical Center. Organizers created the mass casualty scenario, discussed learning objectives, identified which wounds to simulate and collected supplies.

Many reported that it was far more realistic than they could have imagined, thanks to the unrelenting flow of victims, expertly applied moulage (mock wounds), and chaotic sounds of people in distress.

2015 Disaster Simulation


This was the college’s sixth disaster simulation, and it was the second to involve students from every training program, including nursing (80), physician assistant (20), occupational therapy (20), respiratory care (8), radiological sciences and imaging (16), sonography (5), and advanced imaging (2).

“It was so fun, we got to work with all the different programs and everyone worked really well together,” said respiratory care student, Alyssa Farmer.

Moore and her team ran the simulation twice to ensure that all students were able to participate in meaningful roles. Afterward, students debriefed with faculty and staff.

“The multidisciplinary approach mirrors real-life experience and is a more effective way for students to learn,” said Donna Moore, director of the nursing skills lab and the event coordinator. “It was a great exercise for them to have to communicate with each other in an intense patient care setting.”

About Kettering College Kettering College is a fully accredited, coeducational college that specializes in health science education.  A division of Kettering Medical Center, the College is located on the KMC campus in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, and is chartered by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Kettering College offers a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, a Master of Physician Assistant, Bachelor and Associate of Science degrees, and certificate programs

Born out of Adventist faith and upholding Christ, Kettering College educates students to make service a life calling and to view health as harmony with God in body, mind, and spirit.



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