Simulation and Deliberate Practice

Smarter Simulation. Better Outcomes

Nursing Students Gain valuable Skills with Simulation and Deliberate Practice

Sandra is a second year nursing student at Eastern State College. She's learned a lot since entering the program, and developed her communication, assessment, and treatment skills through classroom lectures and book work. But she and her fellow students agree: their time is best spent in the nursing school's simulation lab.

Taking part in Simulation and Deliberate Practice exercises gives Sandra a chance to treat patients in a completely safe environment. At no point is the patient put at risk due to caregiver error! That's because for now, Sandra's patients are high-fidelity human patient simulators, or sophisticated mannequins that can talk, blink, breathe—or go into cardiac arrest with the help of a simulation technician. Sandra can speak to the simulator to gain insight into his condition, observe his vital signs and make assessments, requests reports, and begin courses of treatment.

And because the simulation lab is set up to mimic an actual clinical environment complete with true to life sights, sounds, time constrains, and stressors, Sandra and her peers have a chance to build their teamwork and communication abilities, keys to collaborative healthcare delivery. With simulation, practice makes perfect. Does the patient need chest compressions or medications? While these treatments may a require highly refined skill set to be correctly completed in a real emergency room, administering them in the simulation lab allows Sandra to make mistakes and improve her techniques until she's prepared to get it right every time. That's good news for Sandra's future patients.
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