The Program of Excellence in Clinical Performance & Simulation (PECPS) is a national leader in using simulation as a learning tool. With 9,000 student visits per semester to our state-of-the-art Simulation Labs, the College has integrated simulation into our undergraduate and graduate programs across all of our campuses.
Students, guided by faculty and staff, gain valuable experience using high- and low-fidelity mannequins and in role-playing scenarios involving actors. Simulation scenarios are chosen based on high-risk, low-volume conditions or patients, and can involve interprofessional teams of students from different programs. Scenarios teach students clinical skills, plus lessons in crisis management, teamwork and communication, preventing errors, social justice, and leadership.
Such hands-on learning in a realistic environment boosts students’ ability to retain and apply the skills they use in the Sim Lab to actual patient scenarios.
“What students experience in the sim lab is very real, yet it allows them to practice complex cases in a safe environment, with instructors and peers providing feedback along the way.” – Kevin Stevens, Director, Program of Excellence in Clinical Performance & Simulation
Some examples of Sim Lab scenarios students might encounter at the WSU College of Nursing include: Interprofessional active-shooter simulations; interprofessional cardiac simulations; GI bleeding; postpartum hemorrhage; pediatric asthma; a well-child clinic with immunizations; and a mental health patient who’s manic.
Simulation is part of the WSU College of Nursing culture and students apply to our program because of the amount of simulation training they’ll receive.
Said one student in an end-of-semester evaluation, “Simulation has made a tremendous impact on my critical thinking… my communication, delegation, reflection and so much more. The things we do in simulation truly transfer into the real world.”
When sim becomes real life:
- Recent BSN grad Jamison Edwards heard another nurse’s call for help, and knew what to do.
- Ashley Ormsby was surprised at her ability to remain level-headed during a crisis, which she credits to her extensive sim training.