The SIMulation Professional Learning Environment (SIMPLE) programme is into its 6th year running last week as a collaborative partnership between NUS Nursing and NUS Nursing Alumni. Through this programme, alumni members are given the opportunity to be co-facilitators in clinical skills simulation classes for graduating nursing students at NUS. The programme had been receiving constant positive feedback from undergraduates. Undergraduates are able to learn about the latest frontline clinical practices from alumni members and are better prepared for work life after graduation.
The Alumni Clinical Education (ACE) provide registered nurses with the knowledge and skills in clinical teaching and assessment to nursing students. The learners were introduced on the principles underpinning effective teaching and assessment in the clinical and simulation learning environments. The teaching and assessment techniques include giving and receiving feedback, fostering clinical reasoning and reflective practice. As such, the ACE short course not only allows our undergraduates to learn from their seniors’ knowledge and clinical experience, but also grooms our Alumni in mentor- and preceptor-ship.
Through this structured workshop, NUS Nursing Faculty also passes on skills and tips on how alumni can be more effective facilitators to students. This provides the career growth and professional development of our alumni members and ensures that undergraduate students have a sound and conducive learning environment and teaching facilitators for safe clinical practice. Alumni Facilitators who had been certified and return the following year to continue in the program will not be required to be re-certified.
22 alumni attended the 5th ACE workshop held in collaboration with Faculty from NUS Nursing as part of training to be Facilitators at lab classes for graduating students.