School of Nursing Newsletter

Simulation Learning Center News

Applied learning activities within the Simulation Learning Center continue to flourish.

Simulation HospitalBeginning with first-semester Health Assessment students, standardized patients (i.e., patient actors) are being used for students to practice assessment skills and to document assessment findings within the electronic medical records. This was a first for the undergraduate Health Assessment course, and students responded that the experience exceeded their expectations. Senior nursing students conducted a mid-term “simulation hospital” in which students cared for two acute simulation patients. After debriefing and evaluation of themselves by their peers and clinical instructors, students were able to continue patient care. Afterward, students expressed that they felt they were able to excel in planning and implementing care and left their assigned patients “on a positive note.”

Social work students from both UNCW’s CHHS and other NC social work schools gathered on Feb. 24 for a simulation experience on child protective services. Department of Social Service workers played the roles of family members during a home visit. A suspected child abuse scenario within the hospital setting was also carried out with two senior pediatric nursing students and undergraduate social work students intervening among patient and family. The NC Social Work Collaborative, which represents 16 accredited schools, sponsored the event, which all students were able to view through video streaming into the multipurpose room. 

NP's students in SLCNurse practitioner students have used the simulation labs to practice skills in abscess incision and drainage skills (see photo at left). To simulate the body parts for this exercise, chicken thighs infused with Greek yogurt were used. Pigs’ feet were brought in for students to complete a partial nerve block for practice in ingrown toenail removal.

Badzek and Hardy at the Medical SocietyAbout 50 members of the New Hanover and Pender County Medical Society were guests of the SON on Feb. 22.  SLC Coordinator Robin Cunningham presented various video clips of simulation experiences, and later with lab assistant Barbara Snyder led the members on tours throughout the labs. Positive responses to the presentations were offered and several members expressed their desire to become more involved with nursing student simulation experiences. Pictured at right is SON Director Badzek and CHHS Dean Charlie Hardy.