Simulation in healthcare is an environment which the learner may provide patient care without causing patient harm. The stakes are high when nursing students enter the clinical setting, working with patients in complex situations. Simulation imitates these types of scenarios, engaging students in a variety of experiences to improve safe, effective, and quality healthcare.
What do you need to know before a simulation?
- Environment: Orient yourself to your environment before the scheduled simulation. Find supplies and equipment.
- Objectives: Read your objectives provided by your facilitator or faculty.
- Equipment: Be familiar with the type of human patient simulator you will use in the simulation, e.g. pulse location. Know how to operate the cardiac monitor, wall suction, oxygen, medication dispense system and other equipment your simulation center may use.
- Teamwork is a must: Simulations are not done in silos and neither is patient care.
Be prepared to “think on your feet”
Simulation allows you to make mistakes without causing harm to your patient. Guided discussion after the simulation will provide valuable insight to your learning and transform your critical reasoning.
Healthcare simulation is not a game
It is a learning strategy used to connect theory to practice in a simulated patient environment. It promotes safe, quality patient care, and you should expect one or more of these outcomes to occur after the simulation experience:
- Enhanced learning
- Improved self-confidence
- Increased understanding
- Knowledge transfer