two pieces of valid (not expired), government issued identification, at least one of which must have a photograph and signature
the emailed confirmation of your scheduled appointment
a stethoscope (not needed if you are being assessed for a health care aide role)
you must wear clothing appropriate to the nursing role in which you assessment
You must show up 30 minutes in advance of your scheduled appointment, have your stehoscope (unless you are a health care aide), and be dressed in the work clothes appropriate to your role.
The objective of the Simulation Lab Assessment is to provide you an opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in a series of simulated patient encounters. Candidates visit four stations in the simulation lab, and take on the role of a nurse or health care aide. At the start of each station, you will receive a chart with a brief written statement that introduces the presenting clinical problem, and states the task you will need to perform. The chart also includes a variety of supporting documents to assist in the planning of care. You will be given five minutes to review the chart. You should act in each scenario as you would in a real life practice setting.
Once you enter the room, you will have five minutes to read the chart. You may make notes (paper will be provided). The assessor will indicate when you may begin the simulation. Each of the four simulations may run from 20 – 60 minutes based on the nursing role. This is true whether or not you are being assessed for two professions at once. The assessor will notify you when your time is up. After each role play, you will take part in the Oral Assessment, which comprises a series of questions posed by the assessor – the standardized patient is not part of the oral assessment.
It is a good idea to become familiar with the kinds of documents you may encounter in each station. Click here to review the templates of the forms that may be used during the scenario, and that will be found in the chart.
The duration of the Simulation Lab Assessment (SLA) depends on the profession for which you're being assessed. In all cases, after you finish the final scenario and related questions, you will be taken to a room to complete a brief, anonymous survey about your experience. The survey is designed to help NCAS improve the assessment experience, and is not used for scoring or assessment purposes.