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Hospital Simulation Day: Experiential Learning in a Safe Environment

Hospitalized after a fatal accident, an innocent father is blamed for his son’s tragic death. It sounds like a modern-day television drama, but it’s not; instead it was just one of the scenarios played out during this year’s Hospital Simulation (Sim) Day, part of Longhorn Nursing Week at the University of Texas (UT). Hosted by UT’s School of Nursing, Hospital Sim Day provided students with a safe environment in which to learn effective communication skills and proper responses during real-world, high stress situations. Being able to “communicate with patients, families, communities, and other health professionals in a… manner that supports a team approach” is one of the core competencies developed by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative in 2011. Faculty and upper division students were on hand to discuss and demonstrate appropriate behaviors with undergraduates, while volunteers acted as patients, and other attendees became hospital visitors. (For more information about Longhorn Nursing Week, please visit the School of Nursing’s website.)

Hospital Sim Day (photos by Brian Birzer, Brian Birzer Photography)

Hospital Sim Day (photos by Brian Birzer, Brian Birzer Photography)

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