McMaster University

McMaster University

Simulation-based learning

By Joanna Pierazzo

Simulation man

Simulation-based learning gives students the chance to practice in a safe clinical environment and develop their confidence before they learn to care for patients in real clinical settings.  

In each year of the nursing program, students learn specific skills and practices of professional nursing, such as therapeutic communication, health assessment, technical skill development and clinical reasoning.   

Students practice their skills with life-like mannequins capable of producing various patient sounds and functions. They meet with standardized patients, who are actors who play the role of patients. Both during and after the simulation experience, students receive immediate and objective feedback from their teachers in order to enhance future performance.

Our Centre for Simulation Based Learning provides excellent facilities for learners in the Faculty of Health Sciences, including nursing students. The Centre is composed of two large labs. Each houses a number of clinical teaching rooms, high fidelity simulation teaching rooms, and simulation debriefing rooms.  The following video provides a tour of the Centre through the eyes of students and professors. 

VIDEO of Simulation Lab


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