Category Archives: Try This

Hints for Starting a New Sim Lab or Jump-Starting an Old One

By: Alaina Herrington and Rebecca Cockrell Starting a new simulation center can be overwhelming to say the least. Below are some of the lessons we learned from establishing a new simulation lab: Get administrative buy-in. If your administration believes in simulation and understands the INACSL Standards of Best Practice, many obstacles will be eliminated. We have found that if faculty

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Using Theater Students as Standardized Patients: What Works and What Doesn’t

By: Beth Hallmark The history of using a live person to portray a patient dates back to 1963, when Dr. Howard Barrows from the University of Southern California introduced a simulated patient to his neurology students. Dr. Barrows was able to create a patient case from a real patient situation he had treated. Using this direct method of observation, he

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How to: Using IPE Simulation to Satisfy Regulatory Requirements for Practice Assessment

By: Cedar Wang As the benefits and efficacy of simulation training continue to grow, health care providers can expect to be engaged in this type of training not only in the academic setting, but throughout their careers. Many of today’s nursing and medical students who experience simulation during their formal schooling may also participate in simulation within the context of

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Try This: Using Quick Response (QR) Codes in the Simulation Lab

By: Jean Ellen Zavertnik and Kristen Lawson While the newer simulation software allows the programmer to input media files to display lab values, x-rays, and video clips during a patient scenario, there are times when a high-fidelity manikin is not being utilized for the simulation. During these times, a QR code might be used to reveal certain aspects of the

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Recruiting and Hiring SPs

 By Cedar Wang and Beth Hallmark In the famous words of Marvin Gaye, “Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby.” When it comes to increasing the realism of simulation scenarios, there is nothing like replacing a manikin with a live person. But how do you find the right person to play the “real thing” in a manner that suspends disbelief

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It Has to Be Right … Teaching Debriefing to Nurse Educators

By: Sabrina Beroz What we know: Debriefing is where learning happens in simulation-based education. It is a reflective process that takes place after the simulation experience. Reflection allows the learner to integrate new information into preexisting knowledge enhancing learner outcomes; debriefing reframes prior frames. For students, the consequences of poor debriefing processes include the failure to attain learner objectives and

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