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Simulation training in healthcare education: Practice makes perfect

Simulation can reinforce clinical skills and prepare learners for today’s demanding workforce.

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Beaubien and Baker (2004) purport that simulation is a prevailing training tool because it “allows the trainer to systematically control the schedule of practice, presentation of feedback, and introduction (or suppression) of environmental distractions within a safe, controlled learning environment” (i51). Thus, simulation can strengthen skills and prepare today’s learners as they enter a competitive workforce. Moreover, simulation is designed to mimic clinical environments while providing students with the opportunity to not only demonstrate learned skills, but think critically, as well. Simulation training allows the focus to be placed on the needs of the students, in turn providing a “safe” learning environment to carry out unusual and acute scenarios without putting patients at risk. Not only can simulation be used to quantify learning experiences, it can also be used as a tool to measure teamwork and communication competencies.

After completing simulation modules, students can then proceed to blog about their experiences; this can enable them to demonstrate critical thinking as they reflect on what they have learned and how they could improve or change their approach to maximize their change-making experience. In turn, senior students can serve as mentors to aspiring students by participating in Communities of Interest (Health-related Sciences) sponsored events.

Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine higher education to support the needs of tomorrow?

The idea is designed for students entering healthcare fields. It reimagines higher education in taking a “technology meets real-world” approach while providing students an opportunity to enhance their clinical knowledge in a safe practice environment. Students can reflect on their experiences while incorporating how empathy, leadership, team-work, and problem-solving can not only improve them as individuals, but how as change-makers, they could affect the community as a whole.

This idea emerged from:

  • A student brainstorm

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Suggestions on how to best incorporate an open digital platform for students to blog about their experiences.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Create an inter-disciplinary simulation scenario across the programs. It can be optimized by implementing community-engagement projects which can be beneficial to the community members and enhance the college student learning experience. By establishing strong community-based partnerships, the overall community impact as well as student growth and learning can be quantified and measured. We would aim to create a mutually favorable and invested partnership between the Campus and the community.

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Hi Marisella, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.