At CUAA our students receive hands on training in simulation labs throughout their program. Simulation is defined as anything that imitates a real world experience. Simulation provides a safe environment to prepare students for new experiences, provides a safe environment for students to practice their skills, and provides a safe environment for testing the competency level of student’s skills. It can take the form of a case study or an activity that practices prioritization skills, all the way to the use of high fidelity simulators to create unfolding scenarios that develop clinical judgment skills.
Our nursing program utilizes active learning in the classroom, laboratory, and during simulation experiences. Weekly small group simulations are used to ensure all students have the opportunity to experience important situations basic to nursing.
Additionally simulation is used for skills assessment, clinical preparation readiness, clinical remediation, inter-professional education (IPE) collaboration, and high stakes testing to ensure patient safety. Extensive simulations in all aspects of nursing throughout their program will give the students a strong foundation in nursing which will enable them to feel comfortable and confident during their clinical rotations.