Simulation Lab Process


Orientation to simulation at the University of Saint Francis includes an introduction to simulation, a tour of the Simulation Lab and demonstrations of the features of the human patient simulators. Information related to simulation is available on iTunes University and by clinical faculty members. Open houses in the Simulation Lab are held periodically.


Prior to the simulation-based learning experience, you will be assigned activities that will facilitate the achievement of outcomes. These assignments may include selected readings, Simulation Lab orientation videos, patient histories, skill practice and questions to answer.


Prior to the simulation-based learning experience, you and your instructor will discuss the purpose, learning outcomes, roles and expectations. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and clarify assignments.


Simulation is an active learning strategy used to immerse you in a scenario that has been designed to provide opportunities to engage in critical thinking and problem solving. Human patient simulators capable of physiologic responses to interventions present realistic, yet safe, patient care practice situations. Faculty members design specific scenarios to help you meet course objectives. The Simulation Lab is made to resemble a variety of patient care settings, including an emergency department and hospital.


Immediately following a simulation-based learning experience, you will meet with faculty again to discuss the purpose, learning outcomes, roles and expectations. You will actively share your observations and perspectives as you reflect on what you learned. Faculty members will clarify any misconceptions and validate the achievement of outcomes. You will take home a memorable experience and an individualized plan to improve your professional practice.


Evaluation is an important part of the healthcare profession. You will participate in the evaluation process to provide data and practice your professional role. To promote continued improvement and funding, you and your instructor will complete evaluations of the effectiveness of the simulation experience. Suggestions and comments have also been valuable in creating one of the best simulation labs in the region.


You may be assigned additional activities following the simulation to further enhance the learning experience. These assignments could include reflective journaling, writing care plans or selecting community resources.