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Simulated Learning Experiences

            Simulated clinical experiences enhance learning. A simulated learning environment provides a safe and efficient acquisition of clinical skills (Mendoza-Maldonado & Barria-Pailaquilen, 2018). It also serves as an efficient alternative when there may be limitations to for clinical practice in certain areas (Mendoza-Maldonado & Barria-Pailaquilen, 2018). In this week’s discussion, implementing simulation learning experiences will be explored.

Past Learning Experience

 In nursing school, I can remember being taught the respiratory and cardiac units in class. The objectives were identifying abnormal breath sounds and heart tones respectively.  In the respiratory unit, I can recall the instructors telling us to auscultate each other’s lung sounds. She stated that we had to know what normal breath sounds sounded like before we could identify abnormal breath sounds. That statement is true but we could have benefited more from high-fidelity patient simulators (HFPs). According to Bradshaw and Hultquist (2017), HFPs generate observable responses from a mannequin and allow students to interact with the simulator as they would an actual patient. Additionally, the cardiac unit could have benefitted from a simulation lab. As a nursing student, having HFPs would have enhance the heart tones. I was not able to identify abnormal heart tone until I graduated from nursing school. I found myself “googling” abnormal heart tone to refresh my recollection of what was taught in nursing school and how to identify them.

Utilizing Simulated Clinical Labs

 In retrospect, I believe that HFPs would have prepared me more for the clinical experience. “Simulation may be useful to precede, complement, or replace actual clinical experiences” (Bradshaw & Hultquist, 2017, p. 248). Simulated learning experiences are beneficial to learning. Nurse educators can use simulations to educate future nurses using the latest technology. The future will provide us with advances in technology that will improve realism and a thorough learning experience (Bristol & Zerwekh, 2011).

Bradshaw, M. J., & Hultquist, B. L. (2017). Innovative teaching strategies in nursing and related health professions (7th ed.). Burlington, MA:  Jones and Bartlett

Bristol, T. J., & Zerwekh, J. (2011). Essentials of e-learning for nurse educators. Philadelphia, PA:  F. A. Davis Company

Mendoza-Maldonado, Y., & Barría-Pailaquilén, R. M. (2018). Simulated learning environment experience in nursing students for paediatric practice. Enfermería Clínica (English Edition), 28(3), 205–209. doi: 10.1016/j.enfcle.2018.02.003

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