Simulation has proven to be an effective teaching method, and one well suited to inter-professional education. Students can be taught in teams much like those in which they will actually practice. The challenge facing an inter-professional approach to simulation is that different specialties need different types of simulation training. Nursing’s approach to simulation emphasizes skills related to handling the environment, assessing the situation, critical thinking and critical action. In nursing education, the specific simulation tool being used is not as important as how that tool is utilized by the teacher. Both high and low fidelity simulation can provide valuable learning experiences if they
are properly implemented. In contrast, surgical simulation concentrates on teaching technical skills with multi-million dollar systems, but places less emphasis on contextual learning or team practice. A true inter-professional simulation center must therefore include spaces that can support a wide range of technological requirements. No matter the spaces initially provided, the working assumption in any simulation center design must be that the technology will continue to change, and that spaces will need to adapt to those changes.
SmithGroupJJR’s video on simulation expertise highlights some of the most-recent high tech simulation environments used for nursing, allied health and medical education.