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10/1/2012 6:00 PM

​​HSERC’s Nightmare on Main Street focuses on interprofessional communications

Nightmare on Main Street is a fun and creative project being undertaken during Canadian Patient Safety Week (CPSW) by the Health Sciences Education and Research Commons (HSERC) for healthcare students from eight faculties at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. On Wednesday, October 31st, the HSERC area, including two simulation rooms, will be set up as a Nightmare on Main Street. One room will resemble a patient room on a hospital ward or intensive care unit; the other will be set up in the “smart condo”, a simulation of an apartment much like you would see as part of a home care visit.

Sharla King (HSERC Director), Joe MacPherson (HSERC Simulation Specialist) and Diane Aubin (Project Manager at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute) are developing the scenarios for the Nightmare on Main Street to profile issues that could cause patient safety incidents.  

Students are being asked to pre-register to participate in the Nightmare on Main Street at They will be grouped in interprofessional teams of three to visit both the patient room and the “smart condo” where they will engage in a short, five to 10 minute interaction performed by standardized patients (actors portraying the role of a patient, doctor, nurse, occupational therapist, etc.). Each team will then debrief on what they observed and prizes will be awarded to those with the keenest eye for identifying issues that could cause patient safety incidents.

“We took our inspiration for the Nightmare on Main Street from a successful endeavor at the Queen’s Joanna Briggs Collaborative for Patient Safety in Kingston, where a room of horrors has been a regular feature of CPSW for the past two years,” says Aubin.  “The Nightmare on Main Street is reaching out to the student population to increase awareness of patient safety. We hope to have good student participation for this first-time event.”

Information booths will also be set up in the foyer outside the simulation rooms where students can learn more about Canadian Patient Safety Week and Canada’s Virtual Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement and participate in an activity to promote effective hand washing.

Canadian Patient Safety Week is fast approaching and packages containing posters, tent cards, magazines and promotional items are available to help healthcare organizations promote this year’s theme, Good healthcare starts with a question.  Join us in celebrating Canadian Patient Safety Week, October 29 to November 2, 2012. To register and learn more, visit

About the Health Sciences Education and Research Commons (HSERC)

Providing care to increasingly complex patients within an evolving health system requires a new approach to health science education. HSERC is committed to equipping the next generation of health workforce with the skills to provide such care. HSERC is a shared resource among eight faculties with two essential parts. First, HSERC is the home of the interprofessional curriculum with a focus on supporting the development and evaluation of team-based learning experiences for all health science faculties. Second, HSERC has a suite of simulation learning environments and simulation services (e.g. Standardized Patient Program) to support curriculum development/delivery and education research.