DESIGNING A NURSING SIMULATION LEARNING LAB TO ENHANCE THE STUDENTS EXPERIENCE
Simmons College (UNITED STATES)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN10 Proceedings
Publication year: 2010
Page: 1218 (abstract only)
Conference name: 2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-7 July, 2010
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:Two years ago the nursing department incorporated simulation into its curriculum and with a generous donation given by a nursing alum of the college a new simulation learning center opened in the fall of 2009. The new lab has two patient care rooms in addition to a pre-scenario/de-briefing space and a separate control room with video recording technology.
Prior to coming to simulation students are given a patient scenario mapping. Based on the scenario the students are expected to look up information on pathophysiology, medications, lab values, treatment, education, nursing diagnosis, and culture/religion. Pre-scenario this mapping is reviewed in addition to any other pertinent information. The students are then divided into two groups. In addition to the nursing role each group has one student as an observer and one as a family or patient support role. During the scenario each group has objectives to complete. While one group is in the scenario the other group is able to watch in the pre- scenario room on a plasma screen streaming with live feed. Simulation faculty presents the scenario, play roles during the scenario and conduct de-briefing using videotape. The student nurse observer shares her observations with the students using a predesigned checklist of skills, communication and team building. This allows for peer feedback regarding the scenario. At the completion of the simulation session the students complete an evaluation and submit a written reflection of the simulation experience. The simulation learning center has grown exponentially with the support of the Dean and grants to a place of learning for the students.
Keywords: Nursing, Simulation, Academic Setting.