Frequently asked questions

What do I wear?


We prefer it if you wear what you normally wear to work so that you are in your "work mode". Our critical care participants usually wear scrubs, and we also have theatre scrubs for those who dont have their own. Definitely wear closed shoes - we use sharps and other clinical equipment so thongs and sandals are a no no. Lastly, remember you may be doing CPR so trousers are a good option.




Is this training worth CPD points or training hours with my professional registration body or college?


Yes! But what it is worth depends... At the very minimum all our courses are worth the face to face teaching hours in general CPD. Those courses with specific accreditation have that noted in their descriptions. For example EMAC is accredited with ANZCA.




Where can I park and how much does it cost?


There are 2 visitor car parks at RNSH which are operated by Wilson's Carpark. For courses you can prepay on line for a discounted daily rate of $12. This compares to the normal daily rate of $35. This deal requires you to enter the carpark between 0630 - 0930 and leave between 1500 - 1900. This is the best rate available, but is only available on line. Book on line at https://bit.ly/2lhPl4W There is also an option for multi-day courses; you can trade your full priced one day ticket for a three day ticket at a discounted price. This is only available in the Wilson Car Park office in Carpark 2 opposite the main hospital boilding.




Should I bring my lunch?


We provide morning / afternoon tea for all our courses. Full day courses also have a catered lunch except those courses for NSLHD staff development. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies. NSLHD Staff development courses are not catered but you may bring lunch with you and store it in the centre fridge. The hospital has a range of food and beverages available.




I'm coming from a distance - where should I stay?


There are a number of accommodation options within a short distance from RNSH. Some offer discounts for people attending courses at the hospital so please mention it to see if you are eligible. The premises below are listed in no order of preference. Best Western Hotel Twin Towers (distance 1.5km) 4 Stars Comfort Inn North Shore (distance 2.9km) 3.5 Stars Urban St Leonards (distance 0.6km) 4.5 Stars Quest St Leonards (distance 1.3km) 3.5.Stars




How do I get to the simulation centre?


We are a short 10 minute walk from St Leonards railway station. We recommend the train if you are coming from the airport as Sydney traffic can be challenging in peak hour. Buses go direct to the hospital or along the Pacific Highway out front of the hospital. Check out the free TripView app for bus and rail timetables on iphone and android.




I've never been in a simulation - what's involved?


Simulation is a new experience for some clinicians. We recreate realistic scenarios (cases) in a room that looks like a clinical environment and ask you to perform your job as you would in the real world. Each scenario only lasts 12 - 20 minutes and is then followed by a facilitated discussion which we call a debrief. In this discussion we aim to compare what happened in the scenario with best practice and reflect upon what aspects we as a group (participants and facilitators) are pleased with, what aspects we would like to change and how we might do that. Have a look around the centre and meet the staff in this 2 minute video




Do you take photos or record the sessions?


We have a sophisticated audio-visual system with cameras througout the centre. We use these for monitoring the program, taping scenerios for later review by participants during the debrief, and streaming video throughout the centre. Any videos recorded are destroyed at the end of the course. At times we may request written permission to record a session for research purposes but you have no obligation to agree and it will not affect your participation in the course. It is a centre policy that no-one may take photos or record sessions for personal use. We take participant confidentiality very seriously and ask that you maintain as confidential the details of specific scenarios and the performance of others.





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Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre

Level 6 Kolling Building,

Royal North Shore Hospital

Reserve Rd, St Leonards, NSW 2065.

NSLHD-smsc@health.nsw.gov.au

Tel: +61 (2) 9926 4620

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