The Virginia Department of Education has chosen Norfolk State University as the hosting site for its professional development meeting. Additionally, NSU’s Simulation Education curricula will be demonstrated by our nursing faculty. The meeting, scheduled for July 25 in the Nursing and General Education Building, will review and demonstrate best practices for the use of clinical simulation in healthcare.
“It is an honor that NSU was selected as the hosting site,” said NSU certified simulation educator Angela Hayes. “NSU has one of the most progressive simulation labs in the state of Virginia. This provides an opportunity for NSU to market our program and lab resources.”
Members from the Virginia Board of Nursing and approximately 60 registered nurses who serve as program directors and instructors from practical nursing programs in secondary education and community colleges are expected to attend.
Clinical simulation places nursing students in real-life situations that allow them to use their nursing judgment (think like a nurse). Nursing students in NSU’s simulation lab are required to suspend reality and take on a designated role based upon a clinical scenario that mimics an actual patient care experience.
During the simulation, the learners are required to employ clinical judgment and implement holistic nursing care. A mannequin, specially equipped for medical scenarios is used as the patient. Although it is a simulation, the actions and the judgments of the students are real. After the simulation, the simulation educators and the student participants engage in dialog as they reflect upon the interventions that were employed during the simulation.