We actually just did a clinical day for Seniors in our simulation lab. The time frame was 0730-1500. We began with overview/intro to SimMan (our model is new to the students), signing the confidentiality consent, and a student version of the packet was handed out. I went over the guidelines, instructions, format, etc for the day with one clinical group. They spent about 1.5hrs preparing based on the student packet for diagnosis, meds, etc. Break time. Then broke up into 2 groups: one simulation group, one doing other content...in our case case studies by Elsevier. After debriefing the first group, the entire group went to lunch. We resumed by switching groups (simulation/case studies) and coming together for 30 minutes as a whole for a sort of group debriefing to share experiences, lessons learned, etc. We recapped, highlighting things that students felt they needed to improve on for clinicals. Finally, they filled out an evaluation for simulation. The clinical instructor finished with post conference and announcements. We did collect the student packet (includes questions and filling out a systems report sheet) from each student to keep it from getting around and the instructor can read their answers for the questions in the student packet.
Breaks, lunch time worked in. Myself, course coordinator (served as facilitator for case study group and as MD, RT, etc), and clinical instructor (evaluator). In retrospect, could cut down prep time to an hour. Although we had some snags and errors noted, it actually was good! Mistakes are good to have...they should be picked up on!! We see them in real life. So I plan on keeping them~
It was a great experience! I hope once our Juniors get acclimated to simulation through the Jr core simulations, we can turn it up a notch for Sr Simulation next year. The scenario was definately of a more advanced topic, but since SimMan is so new to us, this was their first time using the technology.