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Simulation Center for Nursing

Simulation Built Into the Curriculum

Simulation Center for Nursing

We know the health care profession is continuously evolving, and training must evolve with it. Simulation training is embraced as a method of giving students practical experience without the risk. But at West Coast University, we've gone a step further. We've built simulation into our curriculum. It's not an occasional occurrence, or an adjunct to coursework. We think it's so important that we have integrated it into each clinical course - complete with clearly defined student learning outcomes that emphasize nursing processes, safety, infection control, therapeutic communication, collaboration, decision making and leadership.

Developing Critical Skills
In the Simulation Center, we have full-time faculty members dedicated exclusively to the Simulation Center. They offer students experiences mirroring those that registered nurses face every day, using high-fidelity manikins that mimic human responses, and current health care technology in realistic patient care settings. During these sessions, nursing students have the opportunity to problem-solve in situations that are true to life without any real risk to the "patient."

Opportunities are Unlimited
During simulation sessions, each student practices the functions of a Registered Nurse, independently. With several rooms for adult care situations as well as dedicated rooms and equipment for pediatric, obstetric and psychiatric situations, the Simulation Center at West Coast University uses a full range of simulation scenarios at all levels of the nursing program. Students experience a range of patient care situations from routine to emergent.

Good Habits Become Ingrained
Repetition of patterns is an advantage of Simulation Center experience. There are many routine yet critical actions that health care practitioners must carry out every time they see patients, such as washing hands and checking identification. Reinforcing these habits at the onset of nursing practice and repeating them consistently during simulation sessions builds good habits that become second nature.

"Simulation-based education provides students the opportunity to practice without risk, in order to provide quality care and ensure patient safety."

- Terry Larsen, PhD, RN, CNS - Director, Simulation Education and Management