Today, as in the past, nurses must be confident, caring, passionate, and efficient while delivering patient care. For more than 40 years, the Indiana University Kokomo nursing program has been instrumental in providing skilled nurses to north central Indiana.
Now, thanks to St.Joseph Hospital and St.Vincent Health, students in IU Kokomo's nursing program will have the opportunity for simulation-based learning with the St.Joseph Hospital Clinical Simulation Center. Construction began in 2010 and the Simulation Center was opened in the fall of 2011.
Why a simulation center?
The delivery of the instruction has changed dramatically as simulation-based learning has advanced in nursing education. While human simulators cannot replace the learning experience gained through direct patient care, they have become commonplace in nursing programs. Students are challenged and develop their skill set in a setting that allows mistakes; where mistakes teach and do not place the patient at risk. With the increased use of simulation in nursing programs, faculty and students are discovering new ways of teaching and learning.
The generous support of St.Joseph Hospital and St.Vincent Health has helped make the center a reality. The 3,400 square-foot facility is located on the first floor of the East Building. In the four simulation rooms, students will be presented with scenarios designed to help them develop their skills, presented in an environment dedicated to learning and teaching. Two adjacent classrooms will be used to debrief the students. Feedback will be provided on their performance while positive aspects of the completed simulation are discussed and reflective thinking encouraged.
April Mouser, director of simulation center