Pictured to the left are University of Wyoming junior nursing students participating in a low-fidelity aging simulation. Left to right, back row: Erica White, Amy Steele, Sarah Lindemood, Melinda Hampton, Stephanie Cynkar; front: Jelena Kalem.
The purpose of the simulation pictured above was for students to experience the effects of aging and to develop an understanding of the challenges faced by the geriatric population. Simulation is used extensively in the nursing program at the University of Wyoming. Normally when reading "simulation" you might imagine our high-tech simulation manikins that are run by computers to simulate clinical situations. But in the picture here, simulation takes a different form, when the students themselves not only role-play, but subject themselves to the physical limitations of their clientele so as to better understand and thus better help their patients.