Human Patient Simulators

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The nursing profession is known for the compassion of helping others; however, the process of helping others can easier be said than done. Teaching those who want to pursue a profession in nursing is a complicated process since the anatomy and the physiology of the human body can be very complex. Also, pressure has increased on nursing education programs to increase the knowledge and critical thinking of their nursing students which should then decrease patient mortality in the future. Over the years a variety of strategies have been generated to assist with teaching undergraduate nursing students, but a technique that has impacted the process of teaching has been simulation. Simulation refers to a technique that is used to create and imitate…show more content…
They can practice a range of skills like insertion of foley catheters, wound care, central line dressing changes to other skills like medication administration and communication skills. Also, it is important to note that human patient simulators are the average anatomical size of an actual human; this aides nursing students to reduce the anxiety or fear of performing skills on patients and to have a better understanding of where on the body certain assessments should be performed. Giving nursing students the opportunity to practice with these simulators is of great advantage since many of them may not have the opportunity of performing certain skills in their hospital clinical experiences before they graduate (Durham, Alden, 2008). Having practiced the skills with a human patient simulator can make a drastic difference in the manner in which skills are performed on actual patients as students will have more confidence in the skills that they have…show more content…
The human patient simulator is connected to a computer that allows instructors to create different scenarios for learning purposes. Being exposed to a variety of scenarios provides nursing undergraduates with trial and error learning experiences that enhances the development of critical thinking skills. As Durham and Alden (2008) stated, this is a vital learning experience that develops clinical reasoning and patient centered decision making skills. Debriefing follows this learning experience and allows students to connect their previous knowledge with the simulation experience. During this time reflective learning allows nursing undergraduates to comprehend the situation and learn which decisions should have been made and

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