Simulation experiences prepare students for real-life nursing situations

Students at Saint Luke’s College are provided extensive opportunities to learn in the state-of-the-art Simulation Center, featuring two fully simulated hospital rooms, one fully simulated birthing room, three control rooms, three debriefing rooms, and a ten-bed skills lab where students practice clinical skills. The Simulation Center promotes interactive learning through small groups that facilitate improving communication skills and teamwork.
Simulation is an active teaching strategy that combines technology with traditional clinical learning experiences. Simulation offers a safe, controlled learning environment for students to practice problem-solving and psychomotor skills extensively with high-fidelity manikins prior to actual patient encounters.
Simulation is the platform for students to integrate concepts and theory with clinical skills, through guided, standardized experiences. This student-centered learning approach prepares nurses to provide competent care in today’s high-tech, complex, healthcare environments. Simulations involve all fidelity of adult, child, and infant manikins, as well as standardized patients, or human actors. 
Objectives of Simulation include:
  • Facilitating teamwork
  • Promoting patient safety
  • Promoting clinical reasoning and ability to ‘think like a nurse’
  • Building knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes
  • Acquiring transferrable skills
  • Preparing for work in complex environments 
  • Providing encounters with high-risk, low-frequency patient events