Incorporating simulation into nursing curriculum, as we have seen, can be challenging. Catherine Recznik wanted to meet the challenge of creating a pediatric simulation for her nursing students. As an experienced instructor and simulation educator, Recznik knows the value of simulation in healthcare education.
These days, emergency medical services (EMS) providers are being asked to do more than perform high-risk, low-reward healthcare procedures. Many out-of-hospital departments are being educated to do comprehensive physical assessments as well.
In healthcare simulation education, wearable technology helps students learn certain processes and procedures. Wearable tech can be used with manikins, which can extend their lifetimes by lessening wear and tear, or with standardized participants (SPs). Wearable trainers enhance realism, help develop empathy, and provide visual feedback.
More than any other sense, a person’s sense of smell can instantly invoke a long-forgotten memory. The scent of freshly baked bread can take evoke memories of a grandmother’s kitchen; newly mown grass can make one recall a summer spent as a landscaper.
Incorporating simulation into curriculum is a new concept for many healthcare educators. Every year, educators across America, from physical therapy (PT) to nursing to EMS, will write their first scenarios. This can seem like a daunting task for a novice, but there’s no reason for concern. Scenario-building is a simple and rewarding task.