The urban location of Wichita State allows the School of Nursing to partner with many clinical facilities in both the urban and rural areas. Undergraduate students rotate through a series of facilities to experience the wide range of the nursing profession. Graduate students are placed in practicum settings across the state of Kansas in areas related to their specialization.
Hands-on clinical learning is integrated throughout the program curriculum. In the Assessment Lab, students learn how to take a patient history, and perform health assessments and examinations. The Clinical Learning Lab is a simulated hospital setting in which students practice hands-on basic nursing skills.
Simulation: Preparing students for real-life situations in a safe learning environment.
The Standardized Patient (SP) is an umbrella term for both a well person trained to simulate a patient’s illness in a standardized way, and an actual patient who is trained to present his or her illness in a standardized way. This is one tool the School of Nursing utilizes for evaluation of student clinical performance/competence– for both graduate and undergraduate students. SPs are people from the community who are trained to portray patients with specific problems for students to work through in an organized manner just as they would do in the actual clinical setting. Each encounter is monitored by video and taped for student self-evaluation and/or WSU faculty to review and evaluate.
Case scenarios vary and include:
For some situations students expected to:
We believe that the simulations using standardized patients are:
We believe that simulations, using standardized patients, provide students an opportunity to: