UMass Boston

Simulation-Based Education

Critical Thinking in Action

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, allowing students to evaluate and reflect on their knowledge, beliefs and attitudes. 

Core Four Endorsement

The CCER has been endorsed by the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning as an institution that demonstrates excellence in applying all four of the following simulation standards from the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best PracticeTM in their educational simulation programs:

  • Prebriefing: Preparation and Briefing
  • Facilitation
  • Professional Integrity
  • Debriefing
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, Student Reflection