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Simulation Lab

What Happens During a Simulation?


Orientation to simulation at the University of Saint Francis includes an introduction to simulation, a tour of the simulation lab and demonstrations of the features of the human patient simulators.  Information on simulation is provided on the School of Health Sciences website, iTunes University and by clinical faculty members.  Simulation Lab Open Houses are periodically held. 


Prior to the simulation-based learning experience activities are assigned to facilitate achievement of outcomes. Some examples are: selected readings, Simulation Lab Orientation videos, patient histories, skill practice and questions to answer.


Prior to the simulation-based learning experience students and faculty have a discussion of the purpose, learning outcomes, roles and expectations.   Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and clarify assignments. 


Simulation is an active learning strategy used to immerse learners in a scenario designed to provide opportunities to engage in critical thinking and problem solving.  Human patient simulators capable of physiologic responses to interventions present realistic yet safe patient care practice situations.  Faculty members design specific scenarios to assist students in meeting course objectives.  The simulation lab is made to resemble a variety of patient care settings including an emergency department and hospital. 


Immediately following a simulation-based learning experience, students and faculty meet again to discuss the purpose, learning outcomes, roles and expectations.  Students actively share their observations and perspectives as they reflect on learning.  Faculty members clarify any misconceptions and validate the achievement of outcomes.  Students take home a memorable experience and an individualized plan to improve their professional practice. 


Evaluation is an important part of the health care profession.  Students participate in the evaluation process to provide data and practice their professional role.  To promote continued improvement and funding, all students and faculty members complete evaluations of the effectiveness of the simulation experience.  Suggestions and comments have also been valuable in creating one of the best simulation labs in the region.


Some students may be assigned activities following the simulation to further enhance the learning experience.  Examples include reflective journaling, writing care plans or selecting community resources.