School of Nursing Simulation Labs

MTSU School of Nursing has multiple simulation labs to provide a variety of learning opportunities for students in each semester of the nursing program. Simulation provides the students a non-threatening learning environment where they can practice nursing skills and improve clinical judgement.

Simulation imitates the operation of real-life nursing with the use of mannequins or standardized patients. These activities facilitate learning and model key behaviors that nursing students need to develop over the nursing program. The students are exposed to many conditions or scenarios that take place in the health care setting. The level of the simulation is based on the semester of the students.

Simulation experiences range from traditional scenarios, escape rooms, avatar based clinical situations and traditional scenarios that mimic the acute care enivornment.


Meet the Simulation Coordinator


Dr. Joyce Anne Finch has been a faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University School of Nursing Since the Fall of 2014. She is a native Ohioan and came to Tennessee with 17 years of nursing experience and 8 years of nursing education experience.
Dr. Finch has a background in med/surg, OB, nursing skills, assessment, and simulation. Her educational journey started at Miami University in Ohio where she earned her ADN and BA in Sociology. She continued on to her MSN and MEd at Xavier University. Dr. Finch completed a Ph.D in Public Health at MTSU.
Her passion is to educate students through simulation in order foster clinical judgement. She has created simulations that are traditional patient scenarios and also Escape Rooms. Quality nursing makes positive patient outcomes. "The best part of MTSU is the amazing faculty, students, and staff that I get to work with." 

Simulation Resources

State and National simulation resources are available to students and faculty in the nursing program including: