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Using SimChart® in skills lab boosts students' critical thinking abilities

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The nursing program at Kankakee Community College (KCC) in Kankakee, Illinois, offers an associate degree to prepare students to become registered nurses. The program consists of 11 courses for 45 credit hours, and the NCLEX® pass rate is consistently around 97 percent. KCC also offers an advanced placement option for licensed practical nurses and a one-year certificate program to prepare students to become a practical nurse. 

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Students at KCC use SimChart in the skills lab to complete a simulation, which enhances their critical thinking and helps them become more confident with the skill—and with patient communication—in the clinical setting.

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SimChart® enhances students' ability to document in electronic health records — making them more marketable in workforce

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The nursing program at California State University, East Bay offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The program, which is accredited by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing and by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, consists of two years of pre-nursing requirements and eight quarters of nursing courses. About 360 nursing students attend two CSUEB campuses—Concord and Hayward.

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Students at CSUEB use SimChart for documentation for health assessment and interventions in the skills lab and, along with the Elsevier's Simulated Learning System (SLS), in the simulation lab. The experience with an EHR that is tailored specifically to students, yet real-world based, boosts their confidence in their ability to use electronic charting, making them more marketable in the workforce, and giving the nursing program an edge in landing student clinical experiences in local hospitals.

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SimChart® builds nursing students' critical thinking and clinical judgment skills at Pensacola State College

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The Nursing Department at Pensacola State College in Florida offers associate and bachelor's degrees in nursing. Other programs include practical nursing, LPN to ADN, paramedic to ADN, and an advanced certificate in perioperative nursing for RNs without experience in the specialty. 

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SimChart helps students learn how to document in an electronic health record, which promotes their critical thinking skills, and provides instructors with the opportunity to integrate various tools, such as case studies, into their students' learning experience.

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SimChart® provides University of Utah College of Nursing students with a realistic electronic health record that promotes critical thinking and is easy for student and faculty to use

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The University of Utah College of Nursing in Salt Lake City offers an array of baccalaureate and graduate degree programs. Baccalaureate programs include basic, accelerated, and RN-BS online. The college is also the site of the state-of-the-art Intermountain Healthcare Simulation Learning Center.

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The University of Utah College of Nursing has found SimChart to be a flexible tool to help students learn how to document in an electronic health record and to link didactic and clinical information.

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SLS 'transforms' learning environment at South Florida Community College

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South Florida Community College in Avon Park offers ADN, LPN to RN, practical nursing, and nurse assistant programs.

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The Simulation Learning System allowed South Florida Community College to dramatically improve its educational environment, boosting students' ability to grasp complex concepts and saving faculty members' time.

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The University of Arizona College of Nursing uses all components of the SLS to ensure a comprehensive clinical experience for students

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Established in 1957, the University of Arizona College of Nursing offers a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, an accelerated second degree program for students who already have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing, two graduate certificate nurse practitioner specialty programs, (family nurse practitioner and adult acute care nurse practitioner), and two online doctoral programs.

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After determining that developing their own simulation scenarios was too cumbersome, the University of Arizona College of Nursing began using Elsevier's Simulation Learning System. They are currently using the pre-simulation learning resources, the simulation scenarios, the post-simulation learning resources, and the electronic medical record.

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Students at Lewis-Clark State College gain confidence and competence through the use of SLS

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Lewis-Clark State College offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and an Associate of Applied Science for Practical Nursing program, as well as an Associate of Science Degree and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Diagnostic Imaging in its Radiology Program. 

Details:
Human Patient Simulation using Elsevier's Simulation Learning System (SLS) is currently being used at Lewis-Clark State College in place of two medical/surgical (Med/Surg) clinical days; a third simulation day is being considered for each semester.

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SLS gives students a complete clinical experience at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing

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Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and three graduate studies programs: 1) a family nurse practitioner program: 2) a neonatal nurse practitioner program; and 3) a nurse midwifery program. 

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In addition to using Elsevier's Simulation Learning System for other types of clinical experiences, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing uses it to teach students about intravenous medications.

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