Nursing Simulation Labs
“The professors are good at reminding us that lab is where you make mistakes,” says Patti, ABSN student.
Nursing simulation labs are safe, contextual learning environments where you and your peers integrate theory with practice while making clinical decisions in real-time. These labs serve to develop your critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaborative skills across the continuum of patient care.
Each simulation supports a specific learning objective, with the scenarios getting more intense as the curriculum progresses. Your first few simulations, for example, focus on the basics of nursing practice, while subsequent simulations require you to think on your feet in complex care situations.
What to Expect During a Simulation Lab
Depending on the scenario, you may find yourself treating a standardized patient (a trained actor) or a high-tech manikin. Able to talk, bleed, and reproduce biological functions, simulation manikins typically play the patient role in high-risk scenarios such as cardiac arrest or severe hemorrhaging.
Following each simulation, you meet with faculty for a debriefing session. During these debriefings, you’re encouraged to reflect on the experience in an open setting and express how you think you did. In turn, your instructor can understand your clinical approach and provide the appropriate feedback.
We don’t grade simulations because it would alter the intent of the learning experience. We want you to be able to take an honest, unbiased look at your performance instead of automatically feeling like you have to defend your actions.
Overall, you’ll find practicing your skills in a mock clinical setting helps boost your confidence, which makes for an easier transition into the real world.
Contact us to learn more about how our nursing skills and nursing simulation labs bring a major dose of reality to your accelerated nursing education.