Simulation and Assessment Lab
The mission of the Yale School of Nursing Clinical Simulation Program is to provide a safe environment to promote clinical competence, self-confidence, reflective practice, teamwork and inter-professional collaboration for students and faculty.
Yale nurses and midwives play critical roles in advancing clinical, research, policy, and education work. Yale leaders are central to our healthcare system, advocating and delivering transformational care in community health care clinics, home care, and acute care settings.
Nursing students entering the profession can find it a process to transfer classroom learning into clinical practice. Yale School of Nursing includes clinical simulations as a part of the curriculum teaching strategy that provides students interactive, practice-based instruction. YSN’s Simulation Center and Assessment Labs support an incredible range of learning experiences for a wide range of YSN courses, as well as longitudinal learning experiences for Yale medical and physician associate students. Our well-appointed Simulation Center is a 5,300 sq ft space with computerized hi- and lo-fidelity manikins, task trainers of all varieties, as well as hospital and clinical equipment of all types.
A video was made in 2018 showing YSN students engaging in a “disaster simulation” in which a tornado had destroyed a grocery store. It captures both how a simulation is executed at YSN, as well as its value in bridging learning from the classroom to clinical settings. See the video here.
Give to the Simulation expansion & renovation project
An expanded Simulation Center will help students master clinical techniques in a controlled educational setting with close supervision by course faculty and simulation experts. The expanded Simulation Center would be constructed in 2017, approximately doubling YSN’s current simulation laboratory space and allowing the School to accept and enroll a larger master’s student class and to keep pace with current US healthcare trends.
Current capabilities & approach
Simulation at YSN satisfies a learning strategy that allows students specific clinical experiences in a safe environment. Experiences are often designed to practice technical skills however diagnosis, patient interaction, and performance across the breadth of the simulated clinical environment is also assessed. Our labs are equipped with video and audio recording systems and sessions include a faculty or peer review recordings made during the session in order to enhance learning outcomes.
Graduate Entry Prespeciality in Nursing (GEPN) students use simulation, and students from all specialties have regular simulation experiences hosted by a simulation expert and a faculty lead.