There is a growing evidence in the nursing literature about the effectiveness of clinical simulation as a powerful teaching/learning strategy. This wealth of research attributes simulation's effectiveness to its design that creates an environment where "students become active learners, abandoning memorization for accessing knowledge, and thinking and applying learning in context rather than providing answers to fact-based test" (Jeffries, 2007). A simulation suite provides a "safe, supportive environment that allows students to learn a variety of complex skills in a stress-free environment" (Ghiglieri, Ruiz, & Vasudevan, 2007). Creating this environment requires meticulous planning to details. The learner must have a high degree of believably that the clinical setting is authentic. The clinical simulation suite should be a mirror image of a similar clinical room in the hospital, with all the equipment and products identical to one another. A learner in this simulated patient care scenario can easily transfer lessons learned to the real life patient in the hospial setting. The benefits of simulation as a teaching strategy will have direct improvement on patient safety, increased knowledge and increased compliance with nursing policy and procedures, increased staff and patient satisfaction and increased student/future employee clinical confidence.
Recommended CitationMangano, MSN, RN, CNS, Mary Bent and Duffy, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN, John J., "Partnership Between University Clnical Skills/Simulation Center and Nursing Staff Development-New Products" (2011). Department of Nursing papers and presentations. Paper 3.