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Publication Date

Fall 12-1-2017


Simulation, health, teaching, learning, multidiciplinary


The poster provided here showcases results from a simulation study that began in the Spring Quarter of 2017 at CSU San Bernardino. The results presented here are based on four simulations conducted on campus in our nursing lab space. We incorporated the participation of 44 students in our study.

Patients are cared for by a nurse and multidisciplinary teams which may include physical therapists, social workers, and public health workers; however, students in health care programs usually will not experience necessary scenarios developing needed skills. Although needed skills are learned within the walls of the university they remain in a silo. Combining classes and replacing certain curriculum activities with patient simulation projects that include several departments may enhance student access across the institution and improve their educational experience and success. Examining the effects of innovative simulations provides enhanced training for student’s use of technology in support of active learning while remaining positively engaged in their education. Simulation is technology used to enhance instruction resources for all students. Simulation not only captures the attention of the video-game generation but actively engages students in the learning process supporting the Graduation Initiative. Studies show industries with known hazards experienced small failures rates when simulation was implemented. Simulation is proven to be the best experience to keep students actively involved in learning by offering the opportunity to apply knowledge learned to the clinical setting, thus making it real. Simulation can increase completion rates of healthcare education programs by providing hands-on exercise, illustration, and reinforcement concepts of skills promoting student development, success in courses, graduation, and career preparedness. It is compelling to consider the impact of simulation in increasing the competency of students when they are in the work force while decreasing error rate and impacting the quality of care.


Poster session presented at the Elsevier Nursing Education Conference (Jan. 3-5, 2018; Las Vegas, NV)