St. Jude Simulation Lab

The St. Jude Medical Center Simulation Lab offers an innovative and highly sophisticated training environment for all disciplines and specialties throughout the hospital. With its state-of-the-art simulation capabilities and numerous high-fidelity manikins, the Sim Lab recreates countless real-life medical scenarios. In this learning laboratory, our caregivers perfect critical-thinking and clinical skills while also enhancing collaboration and communication, allowing a "team of experts" to become an "expert team" by improving the rapid recognition and management of clinical problems.

This investment in continuous learning and ongoing training is an important part of how we are pursuing exceptional patient safety and clinical outcomes.

What makes this program unique:

  • The most advanced simulation technology available. Our computer-controlled, lifelike manikins can mimic hundreds of medical conditions and situations in very realistic detail. They can breathe, bleed, talk, cry, display the full range of vital signs, and provide humanlike responses to interventions such as chest compressions, intubation and defibrillation.
  • A team of expert simulation and clinical educators. Our experienced clinical educators create and guide customized simulations to meet specific needs, from mastering new evidence-based protocols to practicing highly-complex multidisciplinary treatment scenarios.
  • A commitment to continuous improvement. Through simulation training, our staff and physicians can practice high-risk or rare procedures in a safe environment. By enhancing and refining these skills, we’re able to bring very high quality of care to conditions or situations that many healthcare professionals only see once or twice in their career.
  • A commitment to multidisciplinary care. In situations where patient outcomes can depend on a team’s effectiveness, efficiency and ability to work together—such as surgical and code teams—simulation training develops a culture where members of care delivery teams work together to deliver safe, reliable care to our patients.

“St. Jude is a leader in demonstrating how simulation training can be used to improve patient care,” explains Shawn Aguirre, MSN, RN, CMSRN, one of five clinical educators who oversee the Simulation Lab education and training. “We are grateful to the community donors who made the purchase of these state-of-the-art manikin possible. Their gift is used every day to pursue excellence.”

For questions or more information about our Simulation Lab, please contact Claudia Skinner,Director, Clinical Excellence, at

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