Simulation is a valuable learning strategy for nursing students as they develop their clinical competency and reflective thinking skills. Utilizing high-fidelity simulators and sophisticated medical equipment creates realistic medical environments and allows students to transfer their learning from the classroom to the clinical setting. Specific learning objectives are related to patient-centered care, safety, communication and teamwork. Simulation provides valuable insight to the ability to think critically during a high-stakes, low-frequency event. In addition, cultural and ethical dilemmas are embedded into simulation exercises, giving students the opportunity to evaluate and reflect on their knowledge, beliefs and attitudes.
“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.”
UMass Boston Undergraduate Student
“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