An innovative solution to labour needs in the health sector
MONTRÉAL, June 19, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Collège de Maisonneuve today inaugurated Montréal's first regional research, innovation and training centre using high-fidelity patient simulators in the presence of Mrs. Hélène David, Minister responsible for Higher Education and Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Mrs. Malika Habel, Executive Director of Collège de Maisonneuve, and Mr. Frédéric Abergel, Chief Executive Officer of the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal, as well as many members of the education and health sectors.
The Centre ESPA-Montréal, the result of collaboration between players in the education and health sectors, is designed to be an innovative and efficient solution for meeting the urgent needs of a health care workforce. The new centre is equipped with several optimized and standardized simulated patient learning environments (environnements avec simulateurs patients pour l'apprentissage, or ESPA, in French). Starting in the fall of 2018, it will offer internships to nursing students in nine CEGEPs and two school boards as well as continuing education to health care personnel at two integrated university health and social services centres (CIUSSS). All are partners of this project.
"In the context of a shortage of clinical internship facilities, the Centre ESPA-Montréal will help replace part of the traditional internship hours with internships in environments that closely recreate a real health care environment," said Mrs. Malika Habel, Executive Director of Collège de Maisonneuve. "It will also offer, through its state-of-the-art equipment, continuing education activities to the health care personnel of the partner institutions. Thanks to a wide range of high-fidelity mannequins available at the centre, participants will be exposed to a set of situations specific to the different specialties, including pediatrics, perinatal services, medicine, surgery, geriatrics and critical care."
"We are very proud to see ESPA-Montréal open in one of the facilities of CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal," said Mr. Frédéric Abergel, Chief Executive Officer of the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal. "The nurses and various health care professionals who will graduate after performing an internship at ESPA-Montréal will have developed skills of exceptional quality. This will certainly contribute to improving the care and services offered to the population."
The team of nursing professionals at the Centre ESPA-Montréal will be providing technical and pedagogical support to promote the implementation of high-fidelity clinical simulation best practices, their standardization, and their transfer to the partnering institutions.
"Thanks to an investment of $1.4 million, the Government of Québec is demonstrating its desire to make its higher education institutions functional, attractive and stimulating," said Mrs. Hélène David, Minister responsible for Higher Education and Minister responsible for the Status of Women. "It is important for our students to be able to learn in a state-of-the-art environment. The colleges of Montréal have fully understood this reality with this new research centre. And not only will it benefit today's students, but also people who are currently employed who will be able to take continuing education."
This project was made possible thanks to total federal and provincial grants of $2.7 million, including $1.4 million from the Québec Ministry of Higher Education and $1.3 million given to Collège de Maisonneuve, on behalf of the nine CEGEP partners, under the federal Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund program.
About the Centre ESPA-Montréal (www.espamontreal.ca)
Regional hub for specialization and innovation in health, based on the principle of the implementation of simulated patient learning environments, the Centre ESPA-Montréal is the result of an education-health consultation aimed at aligning training and employment needs in the health sector. It does this through innovative teaching methods and the use of state-of-the-art simulation equipment. It offers High-Fidelity Clinical Simulation (HCS) in both initial and continuing education. ESPA-Montréal includes Cégep André-Laurendeau, Cégep de Saint-Laurent, Cégep du Vieux Montréal, Cégep Gérald-Godin, Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne, Collège de Maisonneuve, Collège de Rosemont, John Abbott College, Vanier College, Commission scolaire de Montréal, Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys, CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal and CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal.
SOURCE Collège de Maisonneuve
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