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The Shadow Health Digital Clinical Experience

Written by: Brandon Thompson

Last semester, my cohort was introduced to SHDCE; not only as a clinical replacement, but as a learning tool as well. The change was welcomed by all, since three of our classes were incorporated into the software. Initially, we had no idea what to expect, and many shared similar thoughts, this was just another form of busy work. We quickly realized the benefits of this software when we had our first maternity, pharmacology, and didactics lecture.

Below are a few highlights on how SHDCE can make any nursing student successful of nursing courses: 

Focused Exams

These assignments are designed specifically to test student’s critical thinking abilities during patient interviews. It is a safe and comfortable learning environment that nurtures confidence and skills in nursing students. The guided prompts provided each step of the way, streamline student’s data collection by allowing us to ask the relevant questions needed. Having these specialized assignments greatly improved my patient interaction skills and my interview skills. I was able to follow the guided prompts to elicit pertinent information needed to develop a patient specific plan of care.

Here is a snapshot illustrating my final grade on one of those focused assignments. This specific assignment was on Preeclampsia, and it was incorporated into my Medical Surgical Nursing class. As you can see, the assignment grades on subjective data elicited, education and empathy provided, and objective data gathered. This is the takeaway, SHDCE greatly improved my patient interview skills by having these focused assignments.


Concept Labs

After using SHDCE, I cannot imagine pharmacology being taught without this software. This software should be credited for my pharmacology success. Concept labs are just amazing! You can manipulate elements of a drug or organ system to see its effect on the body.


Learning drug actions and the effects on the body is not the only tool in regards to pharmacology. The Medication Administration simulation is exactly like the hospital setting. Students are in a real life simulation documenting, assessing, administering, and communicating with the patient about specific medication actions and side effects. The simulation tests your attention to details and knowledge about specific meds.

Here is a screen shot highlighting only a few elements in the medication administration simulation:


There are many more elements to SHDCE. It is up to each student to utilize the resource to be successful in nursing. If a concept seems difficult to understand, maybe try SHDCE concept labs. If confidence is your issue, try practicing a focus assessment. Maybe that will boost your confidence in asking patients the appropriate questions. Remember, we are accountable for our education.