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Strategy Submission

A template for simulation scenario development that incorporates QSEN competencies


Paula Jarzemsky



Clinical Professor



University of Wisconsin-Madison


Competency Categories:

Evidence-Based Practice, Informatics, Patient-Centered Care, Safety, Teamwork and Collaboration

Learner Level(s):

Pre-Licensure ADN/Diploma, Pre-Licensure BSN, RN to BSN

Learner Setting(s):

Skills or Simulation Laboratories

Strategy Type:

General Strategy

Learning Objectives:

  • Communicate patient values, preferences and expressed needs to other members of health care team
  • Elicit patient values, preferences and expressed needs as part of clinical interview, implementation of care plan and evaluation of care
  • Communicate with team members, adapting own style of communicating to needs of the team and situation
  • Respect the centrality of the patient/family as core members of any health care team
  • Follow communication practices that minimize risks associated with handoffs among providers and across transitions in care
  • Value the concept of EBP as integral to determining best clinical practice
  • Describe reliable sources for locating evidence reports and clinical practice guidelines
  • Demonstrate effective use of technology and standardized practices that support safety and quality
  • Navigate the electronic health record
  • Document and plan patient care in an electronic health record
  • Use high quality electronic sources of healthcare information

Strategy Overview:

Effective simulations engage students in realistic problems that require clinical data and decision-making, along with the opportunity to reflect on their practice. As interest in building simulation cases started to increase across our nursing faculty, it was felt that a design template would be useful to guide development and encourage incorporation of QSEN competencies. In future scenarios, an effort will be made to thread elements of patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, safety, and informatics.

Submitted Materials:

Additional Materials:

Evaluation Description:

Two simulation scenarios have been developed with this template in mind: DVT/PE and Neutropenic Fever – contact author to send specific scenarios if interested.

Both scenarios were well-received by students. Clinical faculty will begin using this template when planning additional scenarios next semester.
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