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Clinical Simulation

As part of our purpose to improve nursing education, practice and patient care outcomes, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is a leader in the use of clinical simulation technology as well as researching the effectiveness of simulation in nursing education.

Teaching with Technology

Students have the opportunity to put their learning to the test in our Clinical Simulation Institute. Made up of 6 different simulation labs and more than 32 simulators, the Institute is one of few institutions to receive recognition as a Center of Educational Excellence and Accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Take a virtual tour.

A core part of our nursing curriculum, faculty use this state-of-the art clinical simulation technology to instruct students using hypothetical scenarios that prepare them for work beyond the classroom. Our 17 high fidelity mannequins are cutting edge tools for both instructors and students, which is why we’re committed to research that examines how to use them most effectively in training the next generation of nurses.

By researching how to best use high fidelity simulation when teaching students, including the use of high fidelity mannequins that mimic human responses, Goldfarb School of Nursing can influence and strengthen healthcare education across the country. 

Clinical Simulation Research

Our renowned Clinical Simulation Institute offers world-class equipment and tools that also make it the perfect proving ground for studies about simulation as a teaching tool.

Little research exists on the training of faculty to use high fidelity simulation in their instruction. We are looking to change that. Our researchers are studying clinical simulation with a focus on how faculty can effectively train nursing students to make a difference from the very outset of their nursing careers.

Featured Study

Jim Harris, PhD, RN and Chris Seckman, DNP, MSN/FNP, RN are co-principal investigators at the forefront of clinical simulation research at Goldfarb School of Nursing. Along with Lee Jerls, MSN, RN, who is our resident expert in simulation and works in our Clinical Simulation Institute, Drs. Harris and Seckman are spearheading a pilot program to test a faculty development model that could help instructors integrate clinical simulation into their courses.

With the best high fidelity simulations at their fingertips, our faculty is determined to create a strong learning environment with first-class curriculum and simulation scenarios.

To help make sure that they use simulation effectively as a teaching tool, our team created a model-based faculty development program for teaching clinical simulation. They are currently in the process of conducting a research study to test their model, which will be the first of its kind in the country. If successful, researchers will then begin the process of developing a multisite study across the United States for larger testing. 

This study would not have been possible without funding from the Research Pilot Grant Program (RPGP) administered by the Office of Nursing Research at Goldfarb School of Nursing. By providing seed money for pilot research projects, the study will be better positioned for external grant funding as it expands to the next phase — with the potential to improve nursing education in classrooms far and wide.

Our Nursing Programs

Are you interested in our nursing programs for undergraduates and graduates? Students tell us that their experiences with healthcare simulation are a key part of feeling confident and prepared when entering the workforce. 

Learn more about our academic programs and admissions policies.


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