Student Instructions for Standardized Simulation

NR325 Mary Lou and Rob Brady Scenario 1 (NLN)


The following information is to be used in guiding your preparation and participation in the scenario for this course. This document will provide applicable course outcomes in preparation for your simulation.


Mary Lou Brady is a 20-year-old patient who had a right-sided stroke eight days ago. She was in the hospital for four days and is now in an acute care rehabilitation center, where she is having some difficulty acclimating to her new life and body changes.

Mary Lou is a patient in the medical surgical/rehabilitation center. She is eight days post-stroke and participates in rehabilitation for three hours every morning and afternoon. Her husband and family have been an excellent support system for her, but she is struggling with the demands of her rehabilitation.


During pre-briefing, you will be assigned one of these roles according to the description below to participate in the simulation as a nurse. After completing your assessment, you are expected to document your findings as a nurses note in SBAR format.

Charge Nurse:

The charge nurse is responsible for the overall organization of safe, quality patient care. You are the team leader and serve as a resource to all interdisciplinary members and are responsible for appropriate delegation of duties. You will serve as the point person for communication and can anticipate speaking with the physician or other primary care provider, ancillary support services, and others directly involved with the care being provided. You must be knowledgeable about the patient’s condition and able to dictate orders obtained and assist with implementation if needed. Additionally, be prepared to prioritize care and anticipate future needs.

Documentation Nurse:

The documentation nurse is responsible for recording of all patient event activities during the simulation with the exception of medication administration. You are responsible for documenting assessments, interventions, and outcomes on the designated tool (paper or electronic). Be prepared to read back and verify your documentation when requested and/or clarifying the details. Additionally, you will be part of the interdisciplinary team and will contribute observational assessment findings to include but not limited to changes in vital signs, alerts, psychosocial needs, and anticipated care.

Assessment Nurse:

The assessment nurse is responsible for overseeing a comprehensive assessment of the patient. This includes but is not limited to obtaining vital signs, head-to-toe assessment of all systems, and psych/social assessment of the patient. You will be prioritizing care, executing independent interventions, collaborating with interdisciplinary team members, anticipating the needs of the patient/family, and re-assessing or continually monitoring the patient for any changes in condition. You are responsible for implementing all non-medication-related interventions, verbalizing your findings to the team, and recommending any actions/interventions required. Additionally, you will be providing appropriate education to the patient and family/significant others.

Medication Nurse:

The medication nurse is responsible for all actions and documentation related to safe administration of medications. You will identify and correct any medication errors related to prescribing or distribution. This may include speaking with the physician or primary care provider. Prior to administering medication, you will assure the “Rights of Medication Administration”. You must be knowledgeable regarding the action and expected effects of the medications being administered and are responsible for monitoring and reporting any adverse reactions or unforeseen consequences of administration. Part of your role includes verifying medication calculations with a colleague and identifying any incompatible drug combinations.

Observer Nurse:

The observer is a non-participant role and will not communicate directly with the simulation team. The observer nurse will view the simulation in the briefing room through Learning Space as it is occurring. There may be multiple observer nurses in each scenario. The observer nurse will be given an observation guide to complete during the simulation. The data you collect will help the team during the debriefing process and facilitate an open and active discussion regarding the simulation experience. You will be an active participant in the debriefing and will be encouraged to share your observations and thoughts. Please keep in mind that your observations should be conveyed in a respectful, educational manner. The goal is to work together as colleagues in providing safe and effective care.


To preserve the educational value, integrity and safety of the learning environment, you agree to maintain strict confidentiality about the proceedings of the simulation session, details of the training scenarios and the performance of all participants. You acknowledge that this expectation aligns with the guidelines related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as laws governing Protected Health Information (PHI) in client care environments.  

You will not view, discuss, share, record or disclose any confidential information pertaining to the session. You understand that lapses in confidentiality are considered academic misconduct and could result in dismissal from the academic program. 



You will suspend judgment of realism for any given simulation in exchange for the promise of learning new knowledge and skills, treating the simulated patients with the same care due an actual patient, act with a genuine desire to learn even when it may be difficult to do so.  


1. Complete a neurological assessment of a patient who has had a stroke. ​

2. Complete a psychosocial assessment of a patient who has had a stroke. ​

3. Provide appropriate nursing interventions for a post-stroke patient who is experiencing grief and loss related to having a stroke. ​

4. Use appropriate communication techniques during interactions with a post-stroke patient who is experiencing grief and loss and is attempting to cope with changes in body image. ​

5. Recognize the implications of the patient’s existing disability on the patient’s current and future healthcare needs.


The NR325/NR330 standardized simulation enables the student to meet the following priority course outcomes:

CO 1: Provide effective professional nursing care for adult patients and their families in acute care settings using the nursing process. (PO 1)

CO 4: Apply critical thinking strategies to make good clinical decisions in the adult patient clinical setting. (PO 4)

CO 6: Relate knowledge and principles of legal, ethical, and professional standards to clinical practice in the acute care setting, with adult patients and their families. (PO 6)

**Although this scenario can address multiple course outcomes, faculty and students should focus on the course outcomes listed above**


The standardized simulation will be conducted during

Week 5

to ensure students are prepared to meet the objectives.


· Pre-brief: 20 minutes

· Prebrief Skills Review (OPTIONAL): 30 minutes

· Run Time: 30 minutes

· Debrief: 60 minutes


In order to prepare for the simulation, you should complete your assigned reading for the course. In addition, you should be prepared to complete and document a thorough nursing assessment along with completing the following skills:


Neurological Assessment


Therapeutic Communication


Grief and Loss


Utilizing I-SBAR for reporting

Please keep in mind you will also be required to recognize a variety of signs and symptoms linked to abnormalities in these skills.

Therefore, in order to prepare for the simulation, you are
required to complete the pre-briefing questions below and submit them to the faculty facilitating the simulation before the start of pre-briefing. If you do not complete the pre-briefing questions below and submit to the faculty facilitating the simulation before the start of pre-briefing, you will
not be permitted to participate in the simulation.

Use textbook and other resources to answer questions:

1. What are some causes of strokes in younger women?

2. What do you need to focus on when completing a neurological assessment for someone who just experienced a stroke?

3. What do you educate the patients about the signs and symptoms of a Stroke and when to call 911?

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