Steele Innovative Simulated Learning Center (SILC)


The Steele Innovative Simulated Learning Center (SILC) offers an array of evolving services to support:

Simulation Facilitation Checklist

The Simulation Facilitation Checklist provides a quick overview of the general features included in simulation based education activities that exemplify best practices.

Learner Preparation; agreements completed and/or reviewed as indicated 

  • Professional and Ethical Behavior Agreement (confidentiality, mutual respect, willingness to accept/share constructive feedback, performance consistent with learning institution policies)
  • Non-fiction contract (agree to perform as if actual clinical situation)
  • Talent release (photography, videography consent)
  • Ensure completion of preparatory activities designed to support achievement of simulation objectives 

Briefing (use standardized written or recorded process relevant to scenario content and purpose)

  • Learning objectives, time allotments, and performance assessment forms reviewed with learners 
  • Orientation to the simulation laboratory, equipment, clinical resources and manikins used in the scenario
  • Supply scenario background information and designate learner roles (for pre-licensure programs - equal opportunities for all learners to perform in the role of a Registered Nurse)
  • Guide learners to develop simulation action plan (use “brain” sheet or applicable planning guide)

During Simulation (using previously validated scenario and trained facilitators)

  • Support independent learner problem solving driven by objectives
  • Monitor or score learner interventions in comparison to objectives and performance assessment methods including applicable clinical evaluation tools
  • Remain congruent with planned cueing parameters according to scenario script and simulation purpose (formative/learning, remediation/re-training or summative/assessment)
  • Provide sufficient time and coaching to complete patient care documentation
  • Intervene in cases of learner loss of effective coping behaviors

Debriefing and/or Feedback (use pre-planned debriefing structure)

  • Establish and maintain environment of mutual respect
  • Encourage learners to express perspectives and feelings in context of objectives
  • Explore decisions and actions of learners
  • Support learners to develop clinical performance improvement action plan 

Evaluation and Assessment 

  • Support learner completion of evaluation of simulation experience
  • Complete and secure performance assessment(s) of learners (consider minimum of 2 assessors for graded performance) 
  • Complete and secure applicable performance assessment(s) of facilitator(s) in training
  • Ensure quality improvement needs are documented and shared with appropriate simulation activity development team

Scenario Validation

Part of the preparation for delivering quality, effective and efficient simulation based education activities involves ensuring the scenario runs as designed prior to utilization with learners. Those participating in simulation development may find this Scenario Validation Checklist helpful.


Scheduling SILC-Tucson rooms, 275A-C and 250, requires filling out a form maintained by the CON, Office of Learning and Healthcare Technology Innovations (LHTI). Use your College of Nursing login credentials when prompted. To schedule activities at other locations, contact the site specific Coordinator or the CON SILC Director.

Access SILC Scheduling

Open SILC Labs

Open lab hours are maintained by SILC Coordinators based on site and course schedules.


If it is determined a student needs additional deliberative practice in a SILC lab, please complete a Faculty Referral Form and submit it to the designated site Coordinator or SILC Director.