Informatics Research Seminar: Nursing Curriculum Integration and Health Informatics Research in Simulation Lab

 October 30 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Angeline D. Baker, RN, BSN, MHA, MBA and Deborah Swain, PhD
Presented from NCCU

Broadcast Link: Seminar



Learning about patient care and nursing skills at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) includes the use of the Simulation Laboratory in the Nursing department. Known as “Eagle General,” the Clinical Learning Resource Center is a simulated hospital that has fully equipped rooms and wards with robotic patients of different ages and sizes. The software and hardware medical control systems integrated there give students access to patient care through state-of-the-art technology. Videotaping and conference review rooms allow students and faculty to learn about professional and personal healthcare techniques in a safe and realistic environment. The application of advanced simulation techniques is helping NCCU address health disparities issues and
concerns in communities by first testing services and technology in a learning environment. By facilitating learning about healthcare and new technologies, Eagle General provides a modern interface to patients, technology and quality.

In addition a summary of on-going research and case studies about using a human patient simulator (HPS) to provide information for the analysis of healthcare quality and knowledge development will be introduced. Specifically, the NCCU research involves collecting student-nurse data for awareness building and possible knowledge tool development in the area of cardiac acute care recognition and response. Whether in an emergency department, critical care unit, or a hip-replacement patient’s room, awareness of a patient suffering from a pulmonary embolism, for example, requires a fast response. Simulator exercises may help transfer tacit knowledge through experience to student nurses. Overall, healthcare quality depends on effective training and scenarios that prepare medical professionals for challenges and the unexpected. Simulators can be used to educate students and professionals. This presentation is for both KM practitioners and researchers. The presentation will also include a short video of the facility and interactions between students and instructors.


Angeline D. Baker, RN, BSN, MHA, MBA is the Clinical Learning Resource Center Coordinator, Eagle General Hospital at North Carolina Central University(NCCU). She joined the university in 2006 as a clinical lab instructor and became active in helping facilitate the implementation of simulation and integration of simulation into the nursing curriculum. Before joining NCCU, she was a nurse manager for UNC-Hospitals. She has over 25 years of direct care experience, including critical care and PACU.  She received her ADN from Nash Technical College, BSN from North Carolina Central the University, and MHA/MBA Pfeiffer University. Currently, she coordinates and facilitates simulation experiences for upper division nursing students. Dr. Baker’s research involves students’ use of tacit knowledge.

Deborah E. Swain, PhD. is Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences at NC Central University in Durham, NC. Recently she worked with faculty to develop a Health Informatics Concentration in the MIS degree. She teaches graduate courses in information science, knowledge bases, and metadata. Dr. Swain has over 20 years of experience in process engineering, organizational design, business, and technical training. She has managed information projects for corporations such as
IBM, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. In 1999, she completed her doctorate in Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also has an MA from UNC-CH in English and a BA from Duke University. Her professional career includes working as a systems engineer, technical editor, and project manager. She has published articles and contributed chapters to books. Her areas of academic research are social network analysis, collaboration, digital libraries, health informatics, and knowledge management. In addition to her faculty position at NC Central University, Dr. Swain also has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University, and Campbell University.