use of simulation or standardized patients?

Practice communication and technical skills on simulated and standardized patients with SYMSuit

nursing learning goals can be achieved in a multi-deployable way. With SYMSuit it is also possible to conduct research in the field of nursing.

A good relationship between nurse and patient requires the right communication skills. This leads to mutual satisfaction about the contact, but more importantly to optimal health outcomes. That is why nursing schools worldwide have included communication curricula and training in this area in their education for the past few decades. It appears that skills training and experiential learning is the most suitable method for this.

Practicing yourself and receiving specific feedback are essential to learn to communicate well, patient-oriented and with a personal style

Experiential learning through conversations with real patients in the field seems best, because this is what nurses should be able to do. The condition is that during this learning process observation must be possible and feedback can be given on the conversations. Because this cannot always be achieved, and certainly not on a large scale, simulation patients and standardized patients have been used for some time for skills education in communication, in addition to other methodologies such as role play.

Simulation patients can be trained well in playing a role and in giving feedback, thus saving teachers and patients.

Persons deployed to play a patient role are successfully used for nursing education, testing and research. In the literature, the terms simulation and standardized patients are often used interchangeably, although differences are also described. The term simulated patients is mainly used when it comes to education. Simulation patients may be flexible in playing a role during education. Standardized patients are expected to perform their roles exactly the same every time and their deployment is especially suitable for testing and in comparative studies.

With SYMSuit it is possible to practice communication and technical skills on simulated and standardized patients. With SYMSuit, nursing learning goals can be achieved in a multi-deployable way. With SYMSuit it is also possible to conduct research in the field of nursing.