School of Nursing Newsletter

News from the Simulation Learning Center

SLCSimulation in nursing education is designed to improve patient outcomes through mimicking realistic patient scenarios. It is also designed to assist students with competency and to build confidence in real patient situations.

The NC Board of Nursing changed its education policies in December 2016 and now allow schools of nursing to substitute simulation for up to 50 percent of clinical hours, but only if the school has training, simulation resources and administrative support. Accordingly, the SON has enhanced faculty orientation for simulation and offered ongoing development resources for faculty.

The SON employs simulation in nearly all courses of approximately 15 percent and that number is increasing. During the first two semesters of nursing school, students are pulled from their regular clinical sites to one of the simulation labs to practice realistic patient scenarios in small groups with one-on-one instructor guidance. This occurs weekly with a rotation of students throughout the semester. Student responses have been positive and evaluation of the final simulations within each of these two courses show evidence of more student competence and confidence.

Simulation Hospital continues to enhance critical thinking and patient care prioritization with students in the second an fifth semesters where objectives focus on teamwork and collaboration as well as nursing skills and clinical judgment.

Plans are underway for a collaboration in the fall with New Hanover Regional Medical Center residents engaged in simulation with our fifth-semester students in a leadership, teamwork and communication scenario.

Our volunteer standardized patients (patient actors) were honored at an appreciation luncheon on May 8.  The volunteers were shown videos from various courses using SP's in simulation across the nursing curriculum and in collaboration with other gouprs.  Total hours of service of our SP's during the 2016-17 academic hear totaled 140.