This semester, each clinical group are to have a simulation on one of the clinical days and my clinical group was the first to have a simulation in the simulation center. Deep vein thrombosis vs. pulmonary embolism and stroke vs. hypoglycemia were covered in the topics for that day. Each simulation was 20 minutes long and is a unique experience in my nursing education. Students are to complete “prep” work prior to the day of simulation, and all students has access to these. Experiences in the sim lab is kept private to maintain the integrity of the educational process in the respect to students who have yet had their simulation day (this blog continues to maintain integrity of the learning process).
It seemed my classmates and I were prepared walking into the simulation center. That is, until the expectations and agenda were explained and we began choosing our roles of RN1, RN2, CNA, and Family Member. I have never been Registered Nurse 1, and I felt I have prepared myself well for the simulation. As the professor began showing the equipment the students may need and explaining the scenario, I began to feel anxious.
It comforted me when one of my classmates told me we are a team of nursing students eager to learn. And I remembered that my professor said to us that the simulation center is a place where students are not expected know everything. After all, the scenarios experienced here may be emergencies in real life. The simulation center pieces a multitude of topics and materials I have been learning and practicing in my nursing education here in Elmhurst College.
After each scenario, we spend ample time in a briefing and we do so collectively. The professor facilitates constructive criticism and team collaboration. I learn a lot after each simulation and the simulation scenarios compliments the learning experienced inside the classroom.