Simulation Clinical Training

Nursing students with a simulation patient

During the early COVID-19 pandemic, our students were not able to participate in direct patient-care learning. Advanced and state-of-the art simulation provides opportunities for students to gain the needed clinical skills and competencies during their training so that they are well prepared to enter the nursing workforce to function independently and with confidence.

When the COVID-19 virus first emerged, several vendors provided free and heavily discounted trials of their technologies, software and services, allowing us to quickly shift our students into a simulated learning environment. However, these trials have expired, and we now must find new funding to keep these simulation tools in place. Investing in nurse simulated learning not only prepares our nurses for the frontlines of COVID-19, but also for the future of healthcare – all without passing the cost along to our students.

Named simulation giving opportunities

Simulation Need:vClinicals or iHuman Subscription

Impact: Fully funds vClinicals or iHuman for all undergraduate for five years and subsidizes student simulation fees.

Outcome:Fulfills critical need for clinical decision making skills essential for success. Enables students to graduate on time.

Naming:Named Fund + Simulation Lab Placard

Simulation Need: Standardized Patients

Impact: Creates endowment for Standardized Patients so that students can practice communication and problem-solving with trained actors in areas like med-surg, peds, women’s health and mental health.

Outcome:Increases quality of care and nurse efficacy in a range of medical scenarios. Provides clinical learning needed for graduation.

Naming: Named Fund + Simulation Lab Placard

Simulation Need:  Alex Pro Simulators x 4 $33,000 each

Impact: Advanced AI simulators with advanced physiology; light weight, portable, with built in camera Improved realism for students.

Outcome: Students will be prepared to work with real patients and perfect assessment skills. Increased preparation for interprofessional practice and patient care.

Naming: Named Fund + Student Lounge Placard

Simulation Need: $19,600 a year for 400 student access to Online Artificial Intelligence (AI) 3D Patients Simulation

Impact: Advanced AI Avatars that can communicate online and on mobile devices with students.

Outcome: Students will be able to perfect healthcare interview skills and assessment skills online.

Naming: Named Fund + Simulation Lab Placard

Simulation Need:AvKin Wearable High Fidelity Tools: AvCath, AvLine, AvTone, AvStick, AvThor, AvTrach

Impact: Realism for skills training. All are high fidelity (haptics, sensors, sounds) and wearable by the instructor or a student.

Outcome: By taking care of an actual “patient” while performing a technical skill students will experience realism in action. Improved confidence and skills for patient care procedures.

Naming: Named Fund + Simulation Lab Placard

Other urgent simulation needs

Impact: Funds the purchase of a subscription to an ER clinical training program

Outcome: Increases students’ proficiency in triaging and working in an emergency room

Impact: For transporting manikins and simulators

Outcome: Will allow for transport into large classrooms for simulation training.

Impact: Funds the purchase of four Nickie dolls. Nickie® is an anatomical doll used to practice medical device training for special medical needs children.

Outcome: Nurses will gain experience working with pediatric patients with advanced medical problems.

Impact: Funds the purchase of crash cart supplies for one year

Outcome: Students will gain experience practicing with a crash cart to assist them in caring for critically ill patients

Impact: Funds the purchase of four IV poles for MUSC College of Nursing

Outcome: Students will gain IV clinical skills