Pediatric Simulation

"Attending Sim Lab was a great learning experience. After participating in the scenarios, you really became more aware of the improvements that you can make to ensure you are providing safe and quality care for your patients and their family members.

This experience in Sim Lab also helped me remember the importance of familiarizing myself with the client’s condition before doing rounds. In my scenario the child had a trach and I went into the room asking him questions and expecting him to answer. Although this was comical in the Sim Lab setting, this could have been devastating to a child in real life who would be feeling a high level of frustration with not being able to communicate, also very insensitive, and certainly would not have helped to gain the trust of the parent as a qualified healthcare provider.

I feel participating in Sim Lab is a respectful way of reminding me that I will be a novice nurse when I graduate.  Although being confident in your abilities as a nurse is necessary, being over confident, as to not ask for help, or practice outside of the scope of nursing is dangerous."

Integration of Simulation

“In nursing education, simulation is becoming the gold standard. It promotes the knowledge retention, critical and spontaneous thinking, technical competence, communication, collaboration, and self confidence needed for safe, effective, high quality practice. I strongly support its integration throughout the nursing curriculum.”

- Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN , MS
Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse
Massachusetts General Hospital


“I was really struggling with understanding fluid and electrolyte and acid-base balance. The tutor didn’t just talk about it, she drew diagrams on the board and gave me clear examples and steps to follow to determine what the imbalance was. Then we did some case studies and she gave me a review book that really helped.”

“I come every week with three of my friends, and the tutor helps us to connect what we learned in pathology with the diseases we are studying in med-surg. Sometimes she has us watch videos and we discuss the diseases, the meds and the labs. It helps us to put it all together.”

“I was so frustrated and disorganized and the tutor helped me to figure out how to organize all my notes and handouts and to set a study plan. I’m not as stressed and I’m better at keeping up with my studying.”

Graduate Teaching Seminars

"I just wanted to formally reiterate what I expressed in person the other day - that is, how much I appreciate the graduate student teaching presentations offered at the CCER this spring (Oxygenation, Heart Disease/Stroke, ECG reading, etc.). As a 310 student I've found them very practical and relevant to what I'm learning in clinical.  I also like having the opportunity to ask questions about focused topics in a small group. Overall these were great refresher seminars. The grad students have all been excellent teachers as well.

I hope these sessions will continue in the future.  Thanks so much for offering them!"

- Shannon Sayer

Simulation (in general)

"Simulation, a most important trend in nursing education, provides the way to move from learning to doing. Because the patients are not real, it allows students early in their education to be more involved in hands-on-care, critical decision making and teamwork. Nobody gets hurt from errors in simulation and students learn lessons that they will never forget and that will benefit their 'real life' patients."

- Judith Healey Walsh, Undergraduate Nursing Program Director