Simulation (replication of a real situation) is a vital component of student learning in the School of Nursing & Midwifery. Substantial investment and commitment has been made to provide students with a state of the art learning environment that replicates as closely as possible the clinical setting.
The Nursing & Midwifery Clinical Skills Laboratories are equipped with some of the most up to date simulation equipment available. A mix of high, medium and low fidelity simulation is integrated throughout the curriculum to provide the most appropriate blend to support students as they work towards graduating as competent and confident beginning practitioners.
Some of the benefits of incorporating simulation in health care education are:
- Provision of multiple opportunities to develop patient assessment and management skills
- Critical thinking can be applied and developed during practice
- Integration of theory into practice
- Opportunities are provided to develop and then strengthen communication and team work skills
- A safe, non-threatening environment is provided where learners can master their clinical skills. Students practice skills under the guidance of their teachers who are experienced clinicians. In this situation they are able to learn with no risk to patient safety.
- Students are exposed to clinical cases that increase in complexity as they progress through their studies and is aimed at building on their knowledge base. This facilitates proficiency and confidence when working in the health care environment
- Video recording in our Simulation Suite provides a useful tool for teaching, assessment and research. It provides opportunities for students to review and reflect on their own performance with their teachers and on an individual basis