Simulated training activities incorporate mannequins and situations that nursing school students will inevitably face in the real world, allowing them to learn in a safe and supervised environment.
According to reports from John Hopkins University School of Nursing, simulation technology is now an essential part of the learning process. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the nursing school, Pamela Jeffries said “Simulations provide students a safe, simulated clinical environment to hone their skills, develop their problem-solving abilities, and get experience within their scope of practice,” in the school’s report.
In order for nursing schools to be truly effective when using this technology to teach the valuable skill sets to their students however, teachers must know the technology and be well-versed on its potential applications and its limitations. Teachers at nursing schools are learning how to teach their classes and influence the learning experience at the Maryland Faculty Academy for Simulation Teaching in Nursing.
The M-Fast academy is a three year program for teachers in the state of Maryland, helping them to assess the students’ abilities and teach other faculty members how to do the same. Following the completion of their training, the ten school representatives return to their home schools and share that information with other teachers, so that the students are getting the best education from the technology as possible.
Simulated situations in nursing school teach students how to be really prepared for the real-world of health care as soon as they graduate from a school’s program. Many of the simulation mannequins are programmed to respond exactly the way a patient would during child birth, cardiac arrest, and other traumatic events. Students can learn to deal with difficult patients, non-communicating patients, and even a patient’s relatives in the safe environment provided by the classroom.