Abstract

Simulations using human patient simulator technology are being used in many areas of nursing education. As simulation use increases, nurse educators and those in staff development need examples of how to design and use simulations for various levels of nursing practice. This project describes the development, implementation, and evaluation of an asthma scenario using a human patient simulator with practical nursing students enrolled in a 1-year certificate program. The simulation incorporated physical assessment, technical skills, and critical thinking appropriate to the role of the practical nurse and was based on Pamela Jeffries' Nursing Education Simulation Framework. Recommendations for future simulation development and collaborative experiences are included.

KeyWords: simulation; scenario; practical nursing; design; collaboration; implementation; licensed practical nurse; license vocational nurse; vocational nursing