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ASU Nursing Instructors Win Poster Prize

June 26, 2012

Three Angelo State University nursing instructors took third prize for their poster presentation at the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning’s (INACSL) 11thannual conference June 20-23 in San Antonio.

Paul Osmanski, assistant clinical professor, and Jan Nichols and Betty Taylor, resource learning specialists, claimed third place out of 109 entries for their presentation titled “Student Feedback After Using Video Review During Simulation Debriefing.”  The basic premise of the poster was to illustrate students’ feedback after watching videos of themselves working clinical sessions in ASU’s High Fidelity Simulation Lab. 

“Using video review is a powerful tool to reinforce positive behaviors observed during simulations,” Osmanski said.  “Students review the videos and perform self-evaluation before they have an instructor review their performance in a debriefing session.  In some nursing schools they don’t use video during debriefing.  Our students told us they felt the video review enhanced several areas of patient care, including teamwork, communication, medication administration and safety.” 

The $750,000 High Fidelity Simulation Lab (SIM Lab) is housed in the ASU Department of Nursing and Rehabilitation Sciences.  Implemented in 2007, it features five computer-controlled mannequin simulators: two adults, one child, one baby and one woman who gives birth.  Nursing instructors control the mannequins and supervise students caring for them during clinical instruction sessions.  The mannequins can mimic almost every human condition, and can even “talk” to the students as instructors speak through them via the computer. 

“What we had reinforced and learned at the INACSL conference,” Osmanski said, “is that our SIM team uses current best practices and evidence-based research in the manner we have our students rotate through our SIM Lab.  As always, we come away from these conferences with ideas about how we can improve simulation at ASU.  We’d like to increase our inter-professional simulation education, which means involving other health care professionals in our simulations to improve our teamwork and communication.” 

“Nursing students,” added Nichols, “consistently rank their rotation in the ASU SIM Lab as one of their favorite clinical learning experiences.” 

More information on the SIM Lab can be found online at  More information on the INACSL can be found at