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Simulation Centre for Health and Welfare



Simulating working life in a learning situation

Simulation is a safe way to learn new things before real life situations. Besides patient safety, the emphasis of teaching is on good interaction, consulting and teamwork skills as well as decision-making competence.

Training group work and group dynamics

Simulation work develops group work skills and encourages taking a distinctive role in an urgent or surprising situation. In addition, simulation situations teach cooperation between different professional groups (e.g. nursing, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, social services).

Pedagogy and feedback always present

Simulation exercises always include an activating briefing, activities and debriefing related to the exercise and its course. Up-to-date pedagogy and the latest teaching methods are utilized in teaching

The advantages of simulation training

  • Learner´s active role and self-direction are emphasized
  • Integration of theory and practice
  • Repetition, evaluation and reflection are enabled
  • Competence of the group is brought forward
  • Individual competence and survey of operating models
  • Communication skills are trained
  • In a simulation situation one has to act and think simultaneously and make decisions and follow their effects; control of the overall situation; diversity and concreteness of issues; rapid response
The stages and duration of simulation exercise/Sini-Charlotta Kamberg SAMK
The stages and duration of simulation exercise/Sini-Charlotta Kamberg SAMK

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Simulation to be used by partners

SAMK offers the health and welfare simulation environment also for its partners to use. The topics can cover for example multisectoral Workplace Health Promotion Days or Staff Training Days (e.g. cerebrovascular disorders, myocardial infarctions, unconsciousness, respiratory insufficiency).

What can professionals learn by simulation?

  • Challenging and unusual situations
  • Typical situations, improving performances and minimizing errors
  • New skills
  • Anticipating future problems
  • Preparing for crisis or emergency situations
  • Flexible clinical pathways
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Decision-making competence in nursing
  • Instruments as part of nursing
  • New recommendations and nursing tools as well as courses of treatment before treating real patients

Simulation learning can assist in maintaining the competence needed in the professions. Moreover, simulations enable repeating challenging situations, so the situation will not remain a one-time experience.

Simulation learning as a research topic

Simulation as a learning environment is widely researched and theses are being written on the topic.

SAMK participates in an international Erasmus-funded iSPAD project (Innovative Simulation Pedagogy for Academic Development), which aims at finding innovations to nursing education by the means of simulation.

SAMK Simulation Centre for Health and Welfare


Satakunta University of Applied Sciences
Satakunnankatu 23
28130 Pori

Contact person:

Sini-Charlotta Kamberg