The Simulation Program, in alignment with MUSC College of Nursing's mission and vision, uses best practices simulation to graduate exceptional nurses. We aim to provide a safe environment for learning psychomotor and critical thinking skills as well as connecting didactic learning with clinical learning.

The Simulation Program utilizes the Healthcare Simulation Center (HSC), located in the newly renovated James W. Colbert Education Center and Library. The HSC provides an interprofessional, simulation-focused learning environment to enhance the education of healthcare professionals and improve the provision of safe, comprehensive healthcare across the MUSC enterprise.

The HSC occupies approximately 12,000 square feet of space on the second floor of the Colbert Library Building with 13 flexible simulation spaces of varying types, and the center’s inventory of simulators includes 30+ mid to high fidelity manikins and over 100 task trainers to support a broad range of simulation-based educational objectives. Simulation center staff work with College of Nursing faculty to assign the most appropriate simulators to meet the educational objectives.

Students also work in a dedicated nursing skills lab on the third floor at the College of Nursing and may have virtual simulation experiences online or with standardized patients.

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  • Simulations are developed, facilitated and evaluated based on the International Association for Simulation and Clinical Learning (INACSL) Best Practice Standards for Simulation.
  • Promoting Excellence and Reflective Learning with Simulation (PEARLS) is the standardized debriefing method used with students in the post-simulation debriefing process.
  • Progressive use of the Lasater Clinical Judgement Rubric (LCJR) is threaded throughout the Simulation Program to allow students to self-reflect and constructively provide feedback after simulations.
  • The Simulation Program relates to Kolb's theory of Experiential Learning when planning and implementing simulations throughout the ABSN program.

Kolbs Theory framework

SIRE (Simulated Interprofessional Rounding Experience)

The Simulated Interdisciplinary Rounding Experience (SIRE) promotes the collaboration of students from the College of Nursing, College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy. This experience was designed to help students to practice communication, clinical decision making, and interaction with other disciplines prior to graduation. Prior to the simulation experience, students attend a TeamSTEPPS training workshop to practice the essentials of communication within a team. SIRE helps to increase the comfort level of interdisciplinary communication by practicing in a safe simulated environment.