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Hospital Simulation Days at UT School of Nursing

Construction still surrounds all sides of UT Austin’s School of Nursing building, but inside the school on the fourth floor sits the newly finished state of the art Simulation and Skill Center (SSC).  The SSC has three labs: simulation lab, skills lab, and the wet/dry lab.  The skills lab has three rooms, each with six hospital beds, over-bed tables, bedside charting stations, and other hospital related equipment and supplies. Students are able to put learning to use by practicing skills in this simulated hospital environment prior to working in a clinical setting.  This past November, nearly 120 nursing undergraduate students honed their skills and built their confidence through Hospital Simulation Day, complete with real-world scenarios and volunteer patients and family members.

The scenarios for the simulations were created by the School of Nursing faculty and the Simulation and Skills Center director, Scott Hudson. Hudson, who has a background in theatre, kept the students on their toes as he threw real-life curveballs into situations to test their ability to respond. In addition to practicing clinical skills, ranging from handwashing technique to the concise summarization of patient conditions in an understandable and factual way, nursing students were also able to work on interpersonal skills such as introductions and establishing relationships with patients’ family members. 

This event incorporated interprofessional education, with 13 students from the School of Social Work joining nursing students as members of the healthcare team. Additionally, several students from the College of Pharmacy and medical students volunteered to be family members of the patients for the simulations. Another round of simulations will take place later this spring; any interested volunteers can contact DeAnna Baker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 512-471-7961. 

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