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Seminole State College Utilizes Simulation in the Nursing Classroom

Seminole State College’s Nursing Program makes extensive use of simulation in the classroom. Over the past three years, nursing curriculum has been revised to include simulation in every course. One simulated event, "The Practicum Culminating Simulation Experience”, received the Florida Chancellor’s Best Practice Award. This best practice is an example of how academia and practice have joined together to better prepare graduates for entry into the profession of nursing. The Practicum Culminating Simulation Experience was created based on feedback from the Nursing Advisory Committee that graduating nursing students need to have better prioritization, delegation, communication, and conflict resolution skills. Nursing faculty members and area hospital educators met several times to develop a teaching plan using simulation to ensure that students had mastered these competencies. A comprehensive high fidelity simulation using both mannequins and live actors was written. In collaboration with clinical partners, the scenarios were based on actual events that new graduates experience. Specific objectives, performance outcomes, an evaluation rubric, and, pre and post surveys of the students’ perception of their abilities based on the simulation objectives were developed by the faculty-clinical partner teams.

This simulation scenario, done in the nursing program’s capstone course, was taught by faculty members and with observation feedback provided by the clinical partners. Based on the insight gained on the competencies displayed by the students, the clinical partners would then tailor the graduate orientation experiences for the students that were hired by the clinical facilities. When looking at the success of this best practice, healthcare organizations report that the Seminole State nursing graduates have improved greatly in their prioritization, delegation, communication, and conflict resolution skills. Student pre and post surveys also confirm that the simulated objectives were met. Due to the success of this innovative teaching learning strategy, nursing faculty members from other colleges in Central Florida were invited to participate in the experience to incorporate this type of simulation experience in their programs. The partnership that once started solely with Seminole State and clinical facilities has now grown into collaboration between the nursing programs in the Central Florida area in the Awards section of the submission.

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