Here’s a brief overview of the peds sims this semester:
This was a stressful simulation, mainly because people felt entirely unprepared. It was the 3rd week of school so we all literally had zero knowledge about peds and how to give little adults medications safely. It also felt like the instructors set us up to fail so they could “remind” us how easy it can be to make “deadly” mistakes with medications and all that other self-righteous bull crap. I left feeling extremely annoyed. Overall it was not a useful learning experience, which defeats the entire point of sim.
Set up went like this: we’re given a paper with a pt and med list, you use your pre-sim worksheet to help you figure out the safe dose ranges, you go into the “med room” and pull meds, then call an instructor over when you’re ready to administer the meds to the dummy pretending to be a patient. The instructor will check your math and make you read each med and dose out loud before giving, do the 5 rights, etc. etc. Then they just stare at you while you give meds. My instructor was particularly unnerving because she had a smirk the entire time. The kind of smirk where you’re not sure if she’s smiling with you or at you.
Patient Prioritization Sim
This sim was more enjoyable (and almost helpful). Students were broken up into 5 in one group. We each were given two patients (mannequins). We did an assessment, asked the instructors for extra information that may not have been obtained during the assessment (like pain level) and then met with our group afterward to discuss our patients. Out of the 10 total patients, we had to choose the top 5 priority patients we would see first.
It was low key, not stressful and it was helpful to have a chance to collaborate with your peers about who should be seen first. You just feel better about your decisions when you can check them against your peers and sometimes ideas pop up that otherwise wouldn’t.