Simulation Center

Preparing future nurse leaders through simulation

UW Nurse Camper learns CPR on a Simulation Center task trainer.

UW Nurse Camper learns CPR on a Simulation Center task trainer.

The simulation center provides a safe, supportive and controlled environment in which students at all learning levels are able to practice skills, role-play patient care scenarios and gain leadership experience in clinical- and community-based care settings.

Experiential learning through simulation

Enhanced experiential learning opportunities through simulation encourage our students to not only build on knowledge they’ve gained in classwork, but also to develop the critical thinking skills.

Simulation provides students the ability to make mistakes, reflect on their decisions and take corrective action so that when they are in a real-life setting, they have the competence and confidence needed to provide the highest quality and safest patient care.

Learning objectives

Learning in a modern simulation center setting provides a realistic, professional experience for nursing students.

Clinical skills: There are basic skills that every nurse must know: CPR, how to start an IV, inserting a catheter, and more. This environment ensures nurses are proficient and ready to care for real patients.

Critical thinking: Nurses learn how to interpret, analyze, evaluate and act on important information about a patient in order to provide the highest-quality care possible. Strong critical thinking skills can mean life or death to a patient.

Familiarity with real-life healthcare settings: The simulation center will use state-of the art equipment and technology commonly found in real-world healthcare settings. This not only provides an authentic experience, but prepares nurses to make important equipment decisions after graduation.

Renovation and expansion

Artist rendering of the simulation center entry

Artist rendering of the new simulation center entry

Washington State legislators recently provided $4 million in funding to upgrade and expand the UW School of Nursing simulation and learning lab. Work is now underway! Phase 1 of the new lab is expected to open in July 2017.

After construction, the lab will more than triple in size and have more modern technology to help students master skills they will need to become successful nurses and nurse leaders.

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