Developing Simulated Learning Experiences

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Pediatric Simulation
by Jacob Fisher - Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 12:00 PM

The major hospital where students complete their pediatric clinical hours is moving in the fall and therefore is not allowing students until the middle of November. We will be developing an acute and chronic simulation for students to complete prior to the clinical experience. Dose anyone have any suggestions or ideas for some good simulations that would give students an experience with pediatric nursing? The thought is to also include some case study work prior to the simulation experience.


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Re: Pediatric Simulation
by Maria Whyte - Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 1:07 PM
I do a diarrhea dehydration peds sim.  Dehydration  can be made simple poor feeding,  and diarrhea.  Could make complex with an oncology/hematology diagnosis or even burns.  

Look at the textbook/electronic resource used in the course already. Simchart/Docucare both have existing resources. 

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Re: Pediatric Simulation
by Danett Cantey - Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 1:29 PM


We have done a few sims.

1. Acute asthma exacerbation

2. 4 month old with Bronchiolitis and acute distress and on contact precautions

3. 4 yr old with possible meningitis with some slight decline in neuro sensory status and on isolation precautions

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Re: Pediatric Simulation
by Jenn Gable - Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 2:31 PM

Hi Jacob,

We have some stations that the students rotate through: nebulizer treatments (we have done these with LPNs so they will do treatments in an office possibly but RNs benefit from this as well), tubefeedings, math calculations, etc.  Then we do some simulations: pediatric RSV in an office (patient is a NICU grad) students must recognize distress and initiate nebulizer and call the provider, we also do a CF patient (again this is an office visit and includes education for the patient (12 year old) and parent on meds and hyperglycemia treatment with an IM vaccine due (flu season or HPV is what we've done). 

We also use Simchart in our program so there are many scenarios to choose from there. 

We've only just started into the world of pediatric simulations so I'll be looking forward to everyone's contributions to this thread, thanks for starting it!

Jenn.Gable MSN, RN, CCRN-K

Simulation Coordinator


Grand Rapids, MI

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Re: Pediatric Simulation
by Diana Breed - Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 10:34 PM

Hi Jacob,

We have a pretty good variety of pediatric patients.  For example we have one patient that goes across the continuum of care -- starts by having them answer the phone call from a mother, moves to the clinic, has to go to the emergency room, and finally admitted. 

We also have a four patient pediatric floor assignments.  It is a lengthened simulation - allowing them to take report, make assignments and then care for the patients.  

Feel free to let me know if you have any need for the information.  Would be happy to share, Diana

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Re: Pediatric Simulation
by Jacob Fisher - Thursday, June 1, 2017, 11:42 AM


This sounds exactly like what we are trying to do. Any additional information or tips would be greatly appreciated. My email is