The 8-hour SIM Day: An Interprofessional Simulation

TTUHSC Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) Experience

Title of the Interprofessional Practice and Education Experience

The 8-hour SIM Day: An Interprofessional Simulation

Experience Status


Approval Date Range

12/15/2023 - 12/15/2024

Registration Details for Learners

Lubbock campus: Email for more info Abilene campus: Email for more info Amarillo campus: Email for more info Mansfield campus: Email for more info Odessa campus: Email for more info

Criteria for Registering the IPE Experience

  • Involvement of two or more professions.
  • Opportunities to learn about, from, and with one another.
  • Significant interactivity between participants.
  • Teaching and/or learning about interprofessional practice and education is intentionally integrated into the activity. Interprofessional practice and education constructs are targeted with IPE learning objectives are also discussed, trained, reviewed, and/or assessed as part of the learning activity.

Type of IPE Experience

  • Simulation learning

IPEC Core Competencies Targeted by this IPE Experience

  • Communication: Communicate in a responsive, responsible, respectful, and compassionate manner with team members.
  • Teams and Teamwork: Apply values and principles of the science of teamwork to adapt one's own role in a variety of team settings.
  • Values and Ethics: Work with team members to maintain a climate of shared values, ethical conduct, and mutual respect.
  • Roles and Responsibilities: Use the knowledge of one’s own role and team members’ expertise to address individual and population health outcomes.

Quintuple Aim Strategic Goals Discussed in this IPE Experience

  • Advancing health equity
  • Enhancing the experience of care
  • Improving patient and/or population health outcomes

Detailed Description and Purpose of the IPE Experience

A key component of today’s healthcare education is interprofessional education simulations. Interprofessional education (IPE) simulations can help to clarify roles and responsibilities of team members, increase students’ interprofessional communication skills, allow students to practice functioning as a team, and instill the values/ethics of collaborative care. These types of IPE simulations allow students to work on unfolding cases where a patient’s condition changes and progresses over time. These real-life immersion experiences allow students to interact with other health professions by communicating patient needs, providing patient updates, interpreting lab results, and communicating and directing patient-centered care. All students in healthcare-related professions should know how to appropriately and successfully communicate with other health professions, as well as have the skills to function as a successful members of the healthcare team. To this end, the TTUHSC School of Nursing developed a hospital-based IPE simulation for the TTUHSC BSN Traditional Undergraduate (TUG) Program on the Lubbock, Abilene, Odessa, Amarillo and Mansfield campuses.

The “8-hour SIM Day” is an IPE simulation that allows nursing students to prioritize patient centered collaborative care, adhere to a simulated nursing schedule, utilize critical thinking to make decisions, function as an interprofessional team member, clarify roles and responsibilities of the team, and communicate effectively with interprofessional team members. At the beginning of the IPE simulation, each nursing student is paired with a standardized patient for whom they will provide coordinated care across the 8 hours duration of the simulation. The composition of the student’s healthcare team for their specific standardized patient varies campus-to-campus based on the availability of professions on each campus.

The interprofessional team on the Lubbock campus includes nursing students, medical students, and graduate speech-language pathology students. The Abilene campus previously included TTUHSC nursing students, Abilene Christian University (ACU) graduate occupational therapy students, and ACU graduate speech-language pathology student. However, at this time they watch a recorded video encounter of the IPE experience between nursing and speech-language pathology students. The same thing occurs on the Amarillo, Odessa, and Mansfield campuses until we are able to collaborate with other Interprofessional teams to join for this experience.

Throughout the simulation, students practice interprofessional communication and teamwork skills to improve quality and safe patient-centered care, as well as patient satisfaction with care. After the simulation, a debriefing session is completed and is a requirement for nursing students. Interprofessional team members are encouraged to attend as schedules allow. Students discuss the simulation based on completeness, efficiency, and effectiveness of collaborative care. Students reflect on the roles and responsibilities of each team member, use of standard interprofessional communication tools, and success of the team to deliver quality care.

Level of IPE Integration

  • 2. Immersion Level: Consists of development learning activities that provide learners with the opportunity to learn about, with, and from other professional learners in an active learning situation where they are applying learning during the activity. The desired outcome for activities offered at the immersion level is that learners will develop critical thinking skills as part of an interprofessional view that incorporates multiple perspectives and acknowledges and encourages diversity in providing quality health and human services.

Attendance or Participation in the IPE Experience

  • Course requirement - for nursing and speech this is a required component
  • CV credit

Frequency of the IPE Experience

  • 02. Semesterly
  • 3 days each semester (usually Wednesdays)

Duration and/or Timeline of the IPE Experience

  • 05. 8 to 10 hours
  • Nursing students arrive at 0730, begin care of SP, 1000 Med students round as MD, 1100 or 1200 Speech students complete speech evals. 30 debrief with speech students. 1300-1630 Nursing students complete care of patient. 30 min post debrief.

Campus and/or Location of the IPE Experience

  • Abilene
  • Lubbock
  • Odessa
  • Amarillo
  • Mansfield

Average Number of Learners Participating in the IPE Experience

  • 04. 151 to 200
  • This number depends upon how many nursing students across all 5 campuses each semester as well as how many speech-language pathology students and medical students are available on a given semester.

Target Audiences

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Audiences

School of Health Professions Audiences

  • Physician Assistant Studies, MPAS
  • Speech-Language Pathology, MS
  • Occupational Therapy, OTD
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, BS

School of Medicine Audiences

  • MS 2
  • MS 3

School of Nursing Audiences

  • Traditional BSN

School of Pharmacy Audiences

School of Population and Public Health Audiences


IPE Learning Objectives for the Experience

Values and Ethics

  • VE07. Practice trust, empathy, respect, and compassion with persons, caregivers, health professionals, and populations.
  • VE09. Maintain competence in one’s own profession in order to contribute to interprofessional care.
  • VE01. Promote the values and interests of persons and populations in health care delivery, One Health, and population health initiatives.
  • VE03. Uphold the dignity, privacy, identity, and autonomy of persons while maintaining confidentiality in the delivery of team-based care.
  • VE06. Collaborate with honesty and integrity while striving for health equity and improvements in health outcomes.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • RR03. Incorporate complementary expertise to meet health needs including the determinants of health.
  • RR01. Include the full scope of knowledge, skills, and attitudes of team members to provide care that is person-centered, safe, cost-effective, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.
  • RR04. Differentiate each team member’s role, scope of practice, and responsibility in promoting health outcomes.
  • RR05. Practice cultural humility in interprofessional teamwork.


  • C04. Promote common understanding of shared goals.
  • C06. Use constructive feedback to connect, align, and accomplish team goals.
  • C05. Practice active listening that encourages ideas and opinions of other team members.
  • C02. Use communication tools, techniques, and technologies to enhance team function, well-being, and health outcomes.
  • C01. Communicate one’s roles and responsibilities clearly.
  • C03. Communicate clearly with authenticity and cultural humility, avoiding discipline-specific terminology.
  • C07. Examine one’s position, power, role, unique experience, expertise, and culture towards improving communication and managing conflicts.

Teams and Teamwork

  • TT03. Practice team reasoning, problem-solving, and decision-making.
  • TT06. Reflect on self and team performance to inform and improve team effectiveness.
  • TT04. Use shared leadership practices to support team effectiveness.
  • TT09. Operate from a shared framework that supports resiliency, well-being, safety, and efficacy.

Type of Learner Assessment Administered

  • Self-reflection with facilitated debrief
  • Peer feedback

Formal Assessment Protocol used, if Applicable

Type of Program Evaluation Administered

  • Activity feedback/evaluation – from learners

Provide Details on the Potential Sustainability of the IPE Experience

  • Dedicated personnel
  • Integrated into a course and/or experiential rotation requirements
  • We have used this activity every semester spring of 2016.

Provide Dedicated Funding Sources:

  • Decentralized school or program funding
  • Fees (e.g., student or program fees)
  • In-kind contributions

Roles of Faculty/Staff in the IPE Experience:

  • Facilitators
  • Instructors and/or preceptors
  • Instructors/ Facilitators

Additional Information About the IPE Experience, if Necessary

Showcase leadership and interprofessional communication skills to improve patient-centered care.
Care for people from various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds within a team-based environment.
Learn how each health professional team member contributes to quality health care.
Function as a member of an interprofessional team.

IPE Experience Organizer

  • School of Nursing

Contact Person(s) and Contact Information for the IPE Experience

Courtnie Moore: 806-317-9605