Olson Centre for Health Simulation

The Olson Centre for Health Simulation uses simulation to improve patient safety, quality of care, health care, and human services education.

Simulation education is a bridge between classroom learning and real-life experience. It places learners in a life-like environment where they can use the skills they’ve been learning in class in real time. It also provides the opportunity to critically reflect on their experience afterwards.

Simulation promotes skills acquisition, aids the development of clinical judgment, and teaches students about complex situations with life-like examples. It provides a safety net for learning, allowing students to acquire and develop critical-thinking and decision-making skills without exposing clients to unnecessary risk.

Experience the Olson Centre for Health Simulation

Our mission

The Olson Centre for Health Simulation supports workforce readiness through the integration of applied critical thinking, competencies, and knowledge to prepare front-line professionals for Alberta and beyond.

Our vision

The Olson Centre for Health Simulation and its partners remain at the leading edge of immersive education through a research-based, learner-centred environment.

Our values

Collaboration, inclusivity, innovation, professionalism, relevance

Our services

Our simulation services include:

  • external consultations and custom building
  • corporate training opportunities
  • virtual reality and technology support
  • Virtual Dementia Tour

The Olson Centre for Health Simulation provides simulation training and support services for programs within the Faculty of Health Studies and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Our team

Violet Page, LPN - Simulation Educator and Instructor
Applies simulation best practice standards into scenario development and delivery. Specializes in standardized patient training, debriefing, and the Virtual Dementia Tour. Coordinates:

  • Practical Nurse (lab and theory)
  • Social Work, Community Support Worker, Settlement Studies
  • Early Learning and Child Care, Disability Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant, Therapeutic Recreation

Kristen Ouellet, PCP - Simulation Educator
Lead: Foundations of Operations and Technology
Focuses on enhancing simulation processes including collaborating with partners for simulation delivery, additionally optimizes current and future simulation technology. Coordinates:

  • Advanced Education in Orthopaedics for LPNs
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Dental Office Assistant, Hospital Unit Clerk, Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, Medical Office Assistant, Veterinarian Office Assistant

Lynne Neis, RN - Simulation Educator
Lead: Foundations of Community and Partnerships
Focuses on reaching out to communities and collaborating with existing and future partners. Coordinates:

  • Practical Nurse (clinical)
  • Stan in the Van

Olson Centre for Health Simulation

Room 4-163, Singhmar Centre for Learning
10215 108 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 1L6
olsonsimcentre@norquest.ca 780.644.6696

Appointments can be made in person or by phone.