Simulation Center for Nursing
Technology designed to give students an edge
At WCU, our goal is to build both the skills and the confidence graduates rely on in the field. That’s why our technologically advanced nursing simulation centers are an integral part of our nursing curriculum — it’s part of each clinical course.
The healthcare profession is continuously evolving, and education must evolve with it. Simulation in nursing education is embraced as a method of giving students practical experience. Coupled with our varied array of hands-on clinical opportunities, it gives WCU students additional opportunities to perfect their skills.
Our method for using clinical simulation in nursing is 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, full-time faculty members offer students experiences mirroring those that registered nurses face every day, using high-fidelity manikins that mimic human responses, and current healthcare technology in realistic patient care settings. During these nursing simulation sessions, nursing students have the opportunity to problem-solve in situations that are true to life without posing any risk to real patients.
Our students experience a range of patient care situations from routine to emergency. 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 Centers at West Coast University use a full range of scenarios at all levels of the core nursing program.
Good Habits Become Ingrained
Repetition of patterns is an advantage of Simulation Center experience. There are many routine, yet critical actions that healthcare practitioners must carry out as they work with their patients, such as washing hands and checking identification. Reinforcing these habits at the onset of nursing practice and repeating them consistently during nursing simulation lab sessions builds good habits that become second nature.