Nursing Simulation

Does this describe you?

  • I learn well with group activities
  • I enjoy discovery learning
  • I prefer hands-on learning
  • I'm savvy with technology
  • Solving real life problems appeals to me
  • I like to learn in different places - not just the classroom

If this sounds like you, you'll like simulation.

See York College nursing simulation in action.

At York College, simulation is not a substitute for clinical experience - it complements clinical experience.

Your simulated learning activities will not lessen your clinical time. Students have five semester of real clinical experience: one-half day per week during the first clinical semester, one day per week during the second and third clinical semesters, and two days per week for the fourth and fifth clinical semesters. Nothing beats the real thing!

In simulation, you'll be presented with a scenario that resembles a real clinical situation as closely as possible. You'll pull together your knowledge, skills and critical thinking abilities to help the patient in the situation. Simulation will help you develop confidence, learn teamwork skills and think on your feet!

What are the benefits of simulation?

  • Make mistakes and get immediate feedback
  • Practice psychomotor skills
  • Increase confidence prior to actual patient contact
  • Practice unusual or critical events

York's simulation lab includes

  • Noelle, a simulated female who delivers a full-size baby
  • Baby Hal, a newborn simulator who moves, cries and has blood pressure, pulses, heart and lung sounds
  • Four SimMan 3G, high-fidelity adult manikins with blood pressure, pulses, heart rhythms and lung sounds
  • MegaCode Kid, a life-like six year old manikin used for practice of pediatric skills
  • Six VitalSim Annes, full-body anatomically correct manikins that simulate ECGs, fetal heart sounds

Our lab areas were renovated in 2012 to include two simulations rooms, two nine-bed skills labs,  a maternal-child lab, and a health assessment lab with eight treatment tables. Each of the labs and simulation rooms has one recording spot; students can be videorecorded during a simulation and later watch the video as they "debrief" or discuss the scenario.

Health care professionals are working hard to avoid medical errors and ensure patient safety. Simulated practice will help you learn correct technique and effective clinical decision-making skills. And it's fun!