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Technology and Equipment

Virtual Dementia Tour

The Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT), is an original, ground-breaking, evidence-based, and scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia. The VDT uses patented sensory tools and instruction based on research conducted by P.K. Beville, M.S., a specialist in geriatrics and the founder of Second Wind Dreams®. During a Virtual Dementia Tour experience, trained facilitators guide participants outfitted with patented devices that alter their senses while they try to complete common everyday tasks and exercises. The Tour enables caregivers to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges those with dementia face, and use the experience to provide better person-centered care. Please see more information at Second Wind Dreams®

Virtual Reality

When it comes to critical nursing tasks, technologies are opening opportunities for healthcare students in modern, hands-on virtual reality settings. Thanks to the expertise of a technology developer, NorQuest College practical nursing students are now using award-winning virtual reality (VR) experiences that immerse the senses in a safe environment. This technology gives students a chance to see, hear, and move while practicing their skills and critical thinking in a virtual clinical setting, one example being our Insulin Administration Scenario. By designing simulated environments, students can perform step-by-step procedures. Feedback provided at the end of the scenario allows them to repeat the scenario and perfect their skills before interacting with a real patient. The use of this technology is proving to be an incredible tool in building both muscle memory and assisting learners to develop confidence.

Stan in a Van

Stan in a Van is a mobile simulation unit. It features Stan (the Standard Man), Fran (the female version), and Cisco (the baby version). The van is fully equipped to bring the benefits of the Olson Centre for Health Simulation to our students in off-campus and regional locations so they have access to the same technology that our Edmonton campus students do.

Stan in the Van

Robotic Animals

These robotic animals are used in a variety of scenarios including dementia related care as well as our Veterinary Office Assistant program. Their interactive technology has built-in sensors and speakers that respond to motion and touch, and can respond to voice. Their heartbeats that can be touched which increases the authenticity of the experience for our students.


Equipment available in the Olson Centre for Health Simulation include:

  • four simulation rooms with two beds each and four debriefing rooms
  • each room has the capacity to simulate a general inpatient unit, or can be re-arranged to accommodate a number of different scenarios for different disciplines
  • a range of culturally diverse, high- to low-fidelity manikins, including nine adults, one pediatric, and three infants
  • various modalities including high-, medium-, and low-fidelity manikins, as well as standardized patients (actors)
  • video and audio recording for learning purposes

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Contact Information

Singhmar Centre for Learning
Room 4-163, 10215 108 Street NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 1L6






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Simulation labs makes everything feel realistic for me, so I feel like I am learning in a hospital with a real patient.