Egan School Offers Healthcare Method Acting Workshop at New Simulation Center

Egan School Offers Healthcare Method  Acting Workshop at  New Simulation Center

Fairfield University’s Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies launched a three-day immersive acting program, Patients and Performance: Healthcare Method Actor Certificate Program, for local performers interested in earning their certification as a healthcare simulation actor. The workshop, which was created to provide nursing students with the opportunity to engage with real life standardized patients as opposed to high tech simulators, was open to the public and took place Jan. 12-14.

During each session, actors participating in the program used improvisation methods while participating in empathy building experiences that immersed them in the role of a patient. After completing 10 unpaid hours as a standardized patient in the University’s new state-of-the-art simulation center, program participants received their certification as a trained healthcare simulation actor and now have the opportunity to earn $15 per hour for any additional hours worked. In order to receive their certification, participants were required to attend all three sessions.
The certificate program was taught by Anka Roberto, DNP, PMHNP-BC, APRN, who is a visiting professor at the Egan School, and Tom Schwans, MFA, an adjunct professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Visual and Performing Arts Department.

Dr. Roberto is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a research interest in child trauma and the impact that brain-based treatment has on resiliency and executive functioning.