I really love simulation because it gives us an opportunity to not only increase our students confidence in their skills but it's also a place that it's very safe for them to perform their skills without patient harm the things that we got to do helped a lot in a clinical setting because when we did run into certain situations it wasn't that we weren't familiar with what we were doing we kind of had a chance to experience it in a safe place an environment where you just get to learn and there aren't really repercussions to what you do and you get to learn from the things that you may do well or may do not so well it's a wonderful place for them to talk about their feelings in regard to how certain situations make them feel it helps them increase their obviously their skill base but more than that it increases their confidence these simulation experiences have really helped me mostly I think in my confidence as a new student nurse and hopefully soon a new staff nurse in the hospital they've really become a place for me to fumble around with the equipment and not be embarrassed about it before I go into the hospital and they've become a place where I can come in and ask questions and I can get answers I can get feedback on hey this is what you did wrong these are things that you can improve on but also this is what you did right something that really stands out to me is the ability that we have here to be as autonomous as regular our ends will be as a student nurse you don't really have the opportunity to take on the role of an RN you're following in RN but you're not actually participating as an RN with the patients we are able to control the scenarios we are able to control the environment that we otherwise cannot control in the clinical area my time during simulation has been one that I will take with me for the rest of my life as a nurse for example we've had chances to work with these mannequins and help them through some of the things that we will actually be doing during our time as our ends on whatever hospital we'll be working in during our time and simulation we are communicating with doctors we are communicating with pharmacists for communicating with other nurses and that's something that you laugh when you're a student nurse and you don't really have the opportunity to do so having that experience and having that exposure and being able to sit there and look at that and coming into the hospital it wasn't a new thing and it didn't throw me off and I felt prepared and I knew what I was looking at which was a great feeling so it helps us to speak and address directly concerns for problem areas that we see with our students and then we're able to focus our interactions in regard to that we're a small program but we have a high volume students that goes through so growing our simulation lab was really important I was intimidated when I signed up but I realized pretty quickly that we were all at very different points and that we all learned a lot of techniques things like where to get your labels for your meds how to recycle your IV bags and lots of very useful tips brought us all together and we all learned what we needed big benefit to my course and I really enjoy incorporating simulation in our program the simulation in healthcare courses are designed to teach engage and challenge those who have goals to develop simulation in a chosen environment whether you have used simulation in the past or you are just hearing the word for the first time our courses are designed to enrich your understanding of this educational tool you you

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