Simulation Education Center

Nursing student giving the simulation manikin a breathing treatment.
 Professor controlling the simulation manikin while watching students through glass.
 Professor talking to 3 students in the simulation center.
 Student checking the stomach of the simulation manikin
 Simulation room with equipment and manikin.
Student taking the manikins temperature.

Miami University's Nursing Simulation Education Center utilizes innovative learning to bridge the gap between theory and clinical education. High-fidelity manikins and/or standardized patient actors are used to enhance nursing assessment and clinical judgement skills by simulating diverse nursing care scenarios. The simulation labs are designed  for realistic  nursing care settings, such as: obstetrics, pediatrics, medical-surgical, behavioral health, and community health.

Mission statement:

Miami University’s Nursing Simulation Education Center is committed to empowering our future nurse leaders and bridging the gap between theory and clinicals, through best practice and innovation.

Vision statement:

As a program of choice, Miami University’s Nursing Simulation Education Center will provide a student-centered, vibrant, diverse, and inclusive learning environment driven by our department values: Leadership, Integrity, Excellence, Caring, and Collaboration. Additionally, our goal is to provide an innovative healthcare simulation environment by achieving simulation accreditation through the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 0800-1600, closed on university holidays and breaks


Angela Turner, MSN, MMBA, RN, CHSE
Simulation Coordinator, Regional Campus - Hamilton

Abby Richardson, BSN RN
Simulation Coordinator, Oxford Campus

Clinical Judgment Learning Framework for Nursing Simulation

Recognize Cues

  • What matters most?
  • Assess your patient, including vital signs!
  • What signs and symptoms do you see?

Analyze Cues

  • What could it mean?
  • What disease process is the data/cues pointing to?
  • What information obtained from pre-briefing is valuable here?

Prioritize Hypothesis 

  • Where do I start?
  • Incorporate Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need
  • Safety 1st!

Generate Solutions

  • What can I do?
  • What are the current provider orders?
  • SBAR - what is your recommendation?

Take Action

  • What will I do?
  • What nursing intervention is appropriate for this case? 
  • What needs to be done right now?

Evaluate Outcomes

  • Did it help?
  • Reassess your patient, including vital signs
  • Comprehensive debriefing is fundamental to learning in simulation

Adapted from Layer 3 the NCSBN Clinical Judgment Measurement Model (NCJMM)