Preparing for Simulation

This page contains information you need to be successful in the experiences we have designed for you in simulation. Read through this and the referenced documentation carefully. Depending on whether your simulation will be in the Experiential Learning Suite (BH 374) and/or the Standardized Patient Area (BH 118 & BH 120), there are helpful information available to you. If you will be using the Electronic Health Record (EHR), the instructions on how to use it in simulation are also available to you. Finally, a wide variety of documentation, videos, and video playlists have been created to help you prepare for simulation, clinical practicums, etc. Please do avail yourself of these resources.

   Overview & Expectations

We believe that everyone participating in activities at the San Francisco State University School of Nursing is intelligent, capable, cares about doing their best, and wants to improve.

The Center for Medical Simulation at Harvard University created the above Basic Assumption© for their simulation program. The Simulation Program faculty and staff at the School of Nursing adhere to this same assumption. We believe you are an intelligent and motivated person who wants to improve your knowledge and your skills. We ask that you, too, believe in us, that we want to do our very best to give you a valuable experience that will help you to develop into a quality healthcare professional.

We do our best to create situations and environments that will give you as realistic an experience as possible given the constraints of time, money, and technology. Even with all that effort, there will be parts of the activities that will not be as you would expect them to be. We ask that you understand the limitations of the resources and agree to suspend your disbelief during the activities. Be in the moment, not in your expectations of what the moment should be.

We understand that mistakes will happen, but simulation is designed to be a place for making mistakes. We do not expect perfection from any of you at this point in your education. What we DO expect is that you will approach simulation with an open mind and an honest desire to learn from the experiences we have designed for you. Accept mistakes as easily as you accept successes and you will get more out of your day in simulation than you think.

We try very hard to make simulation as safe and supportive as possible. As part of the safe environment, once you leave the simulation facility, do not discuss the actions of your peers outside of simulation. What happens in simulation, stays in simulation. If we can’t trust that our foibles in simulation will not become public knowledge, we can’t safely attempt to succeed and gain from the small failures we may encounter.

Please do not discuss simulation activities with your classmates who have not yet had the experience themselves. Sharing the details of simulations robs your peers of the opportunity to have the same learning experience that you had.

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   When and Where

When is your simulation day and where are you supposed to meet your facilitator? Check with your clinical instructor as to your simulation date and time and where to report. Plan to arrive at the designated room 10-15 minutes before the scheduled time so you can get settled and meet your facilitator and the simulation staff.

   What to Wear & What to Bring

On the day of your simulation activity, come prepared for a clinical day. This means wear appropriate nursing attire and bring all the equipment you would normally take with you to a clinical site.

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   Attendance & Post-Activity Evaluation

You will be asked to register your attendance using an on-line survey tool. To make that process easier, we provide a QR code that you can scan with your smartphone that will take you to the survey. That same survey is used at the end of the session to provide your feedback to us on your experience. When you register, you will receive an email with the survey link so you can give your evaluation of your experience later, after the end of the session. Please note that when registering, we collect personal information from you – your name, student ID number, and campus email address. When you select the post-experience evaluation path, we skip over that data collect entirely. Thus, your evaluation of the experience is as anonymous as possible given that we know who participated in that activity.