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Clinical Learning and Research Center

Simulation Education

Clemson Nurses getting instruction for the sim lab

Senior Simulation

Before graduation, student nurses take part in Senior Simulation, an experience in which students are tested on their nursing abilities through a series of patient care scenarios in the school’s Clinical Learning and Research Center at Edwards Hall, which replicates a state-of-the-art hospital setting.

Advantages of Simulation Learning

Simulation education is a bridge between classroom learning and real-life clinical experience.

A range of easily accessible learning opportunities:
Simulation offers scheduled, valuable learning experiences that are difficult to obtain in real life. Learners address hands-on and thinking skills, including knowledge-in-action, procedures, decision-making, effective communication and critical teamwork behaviors. Because any clinical situation can be portrayed at-will, these learning opportunities can be scheduled at convenient times and locations and repeated as often as necessary.

The freedom to make mistakes and to learn from them:
Working in a simulated environment allows learners to make mistakes without the need for intervention by experts to stop patient harm. By seeing the outcome of their mistakes, learners gain powerful insight into the consequences of their actions and the need to “get it right.”

The learning experience can be customized:
Simulation can accommodate a range of learners from novices to experts. Beginners can gain confidence and “muscle memory” for tasks that then allow them to focus on the more demanding parts of care. Experts can better master the continuously growing array of new technologies from minimally invasive surgery and catheter-based therapies to robotics without putting the first groups of patients at undue risk.

Detailed feedback and evaluation:
Real events and the pace of actual healthcare operations do not allow for the best review and learning about why things took place, or how to improve performance. Controlled simulations can be immediately followed by videotape-supported debriefings or after-action reviews that detail what happened.

More About Simulation Learning

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