Nursing Assessment and Simulation Labs

Gaining much popularity in physician and nursing schools, and in healthcare organizations, simulation labs have proven of benefit. There are especially beneficial applications of the use of simulation labs in the nursing arena. Where physicians often deal in data that is independent of the patient, nursing data is not as abstract. It is generally part of the patient response to a situation or disease process and is often patient specific. The use of simulation labs can identify and replicate patient specific responses. This allows the nurse to use more complex data for identifying patient response patterns. The important development of critical thinking skills is often enhanced. More recently, nursing schools have used their simulation labs to bridge the gap between theory and practice by having student participate prior to their clinical rotations. Hospitals benefit by having students more prepared for real time situations. Students note feeling more prepared and comfortable for their rotations. Applications for hospital organizations is great also. Working with an interdisciplinary team in a simulation setting to critically address an issue is always in the patients best interest.

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