The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing Simulation Center, also known as the Sim Center, is located on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Clinical Simulation Building (CSB) at 3700 Worth Street in Dallas, Texas. Opened in 2008, the Sim Center underwent an expansion during the Summer of 2018 that more than doubled its size, allowing for a substantial increase in simulation-based activities integrated throughout the undergraduate and graduate programs. The Sim Center consists of the Health Assessment Lab, Mid-Fidelity Lab, Professional Nursing Practice Skills Lab, Don A. and Ruth Buchholz High-Fidelity Sim Lab, Obstetrics and Perioperative Simulation Suite, Community Health Simulation Suite, Hybrid Simulation classroom, and 55–seat auditorium. Plans are underway to create an Outpatient Simulation Suite on the 3rd floor and a Pediatric Unit Simulation Suite on the 1st floor.
Health Assessment/Mid-Fidelity Assessment Lab
Professional Nursing Practice Skills Lab
Don A. and Ruth Buchholz High-Fidelity Sim Lab
LHSON Sim Center Mission Statement
The mission of the LHSON Sim Center supports the mission of our school by assisting in the preparation of safe and effective professional nurses possessing the necessary skills and clinical judgment to provide quality, patient-centered care, through participation and engagement in a variety of simulation-based learning activities.
LHSON Sim Center Vision Statement
The vision of the LHSON Sim Center is to be the synergy point for creative teaching among our faculty and students where learning is facilitated through collaborative and cooperative processes.
Advantages of Simulation-Based Education
Learning in the LHSON Sim Center is opportunistic ~ what you need, is what you get! Simulation-based learning experiences can be scheduled at convenient times and locations; they can be repeated as often as necessary – any clinical situation can be created and adjusted at will. Working in a simulated environment allows students to make mistakes and learn from these mistakes; learners gain powerful insight into the consequences of their actions without jeopardizing patient safety.
Simulation as a Catalyst for Collaboration and Innovation
All scenario-based simulation activities are a collaboration between the Sim Facilitator (an expert in the use of simulation as a teaching methodology) and a clinical or course faculty member, who serves as the content expert.
In the Fall of 2017, the LHSON Sim Team created the Two-Heads-Are-Better-Than-One (2HeadsR>1) strategy for role assignment in simulation. This innovative approach to scenario-based simulation activities, allows for the assessment of critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills, while also encouraging collaboration and shared decision-making. Two students assume the role of one nurse. They are instructed to move and act as if they are one person, requiring the use of think aloud to share their thoughts, collaborate, and determine the appropriate plan of care for the simulated patient.