On Wednesday, March 29, Concordia’s Nursing and Justice and Public Policy students came together to create two life-like simulations to prepare them for their professions.

Note: Both of Wednesday’s simulations are described below. The Ronald and Marvel Jones School of Nursing routinely puts together simulation exercises for students throughout the academic year, providing opportunities to refine the skills they’ll need to be successful after graduation.

Prom gone wrong

Here’s scenario #1:

Late Saturday night, four teenage victims involved in an intense motor-vehicle accident arrive at Concordia Hospital. Three of the victims need immediate assistance, while the fourth was found deceased at the scene of the accident. The incident appears to be a drunk driving accident after a post-prom party that had taken place at one of the victim’s homes. The nurses working in the Emergency Department observe a lot of stress and chaos as the victims’ friends and family continue to push for more answers.

As the night goes on, different pieces of the story are shared through social media and phone calls, which brings more friends and family to the waiting room. With patience running thin, many visitors decide to take matters into their own hands and barge into one of the victims’ rooms. Shortly after, chaos arises in the patient’s room continued unanswered questions and an unconscious visitor in the waiting room. Nursing students have to work hard to protect the victim and her family while keeping everyone calm and collected despite the scenario. Justice and Public Policy students continue to investigate the situation, while also protecting the family and their rights.

Drama in the home

Here’s scenario #2:

On a sunny Tuesday morning, Concordia’s home care nurses check on an 84-year-old widow after a pacemaker had recently been implanted. Along with this visit, the home care service contacted law enforcement to accompany the nurses on this visit per concern over potential abuse. Upon arrival, the widow is found sitting on her couch with a visible bruise on her face and red finger marks on her forearm. She answers each question from the nurses with concern in her voice. In the kitchen, her 18-year-old granddaughter is sitting with visible frustration and anxiety.

She seems to be upset by the amount of time she has to spend taking care of her grandmother. A little while later, the widow’s son-in-law arrives home on his lunch break. He appears to be flustered by the police and nurses in his mother’s house. Nursing students work with the grandmother to understand her state of health, while calming down the granddaughter who appears to be distraught. Justice and Public Policy students continue to investigate the scene, without causing any of the family members more stress.

Simulations at CUAA

The CUAA Simulation program provides an environment where you can apply the knowledge, skills, and values learned in the classroom and skills laboratory into weekly simulated nursing practice. The best way to learn any valuable skill is to take a step out of the classroom and into the real world. CUAA bridges this learning technique with life-like simulations so that students are able to learn and grow in a safe space to make mistakes and ask questions.

While in Simulation, students utilize the latest technology found in hospital settings including medication dispensing units, electronic health records, infusion pumps, and ceiling lifts. Meanwhile, a robust video-capturing system enables students and faculty to view and reflect on their simulation experiences.

Want in?

The Simulation program offers participants a healthcare environment under the guidance of experienced simulation center faculty. Click on the link below to learn more.