Launched in 2006—the IACSR was designed to take learning from theoretical course lectures to practical hands-on learning, without harm or risk to the patient. The mission of the academy is to utilize advanced simulator experience to enhance nursing care by using and uses evidence-based instructional methods to train students. State-of-the-art high-fidelity simulators are used throughout the curriculum to enhance students’ clinical experiences prior to and during clinical rotations.
Simulators have the capability to mirror physiologic, autonomic and pharmacologic responses. The mannequins blink, talk, inhale oxygen, exhale carbon dioxide and respond to medical and pharmacological interventions in real time. Simulation provides students with opportunities to immediately experience the impact of treatments. The outcome of any event will be determined by the computer system’s interpretation of the timeliness and appropriateness of the interventions performed by the students. At any time, the instructor can override the model to achieve a different outcome.
The following are a few of the advantages to using high-fidelity simulators in healthcare education: (1) there is no risk to the patient; (2) students have the opportunity to practice unfamiliar skills in a controlled environment; (3) errors that would require immediate intervention at the bedside can be allowed to occur for learning facilitation; and (4) scenarios can be created that simulate infrequently encountered problems, diagnosis and interventions. One of the most vital areas addressed with the use of simulation is critical thinking. Simulation also provides the platform for execution of team building, communication, stress management, decision-making and task prioritization skills.