Sentinel U

Healthcare Simulations & Learning Innovations


To expedite the success of today’s healthcare practitioners, Sentinel U® delivers a full portfolio of simulation-based experiences that reflect real-world clinical situations. A gamified and animated approach to simulation development gives learners multiple modalities where critical thinking and care scenarios can be practiced repeatedly. Virtual simulations are cost-effective and convenient compared to traditional in-person clinicals and manikins.

With Sentinel U, hospital learners can:

  • • Engage in realistic patient encounters across healthcare settings
  • • Sharpen clinical reasoning, decision-making and prioritization skills and critical thinking competencies
  • • Earn clinical hours
  • • Practice community and population health in a risk-free environment
  • • Access virtual simulations on-demand anywhere and anytime
  • • Get real-time feedback with rationales
  • • Boost confidence and learning outcomes
  • • Prepare for placement in new positions

Research shows Sentinel U simulations are effective in supporting clinicians in achieving required competencies. Interactive learning experiences span areas such as pediatrics, gerontology, mental health, and community health applications.

Competencies and standards with which Sentinel U products align include:

  • • The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education
  • • QSEN Quality and Safety Competencies
  • • NLN Core Competencies
  • • Quad Council Core Competencies

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Why Choose Sentinel U?

Sentinel U specializes in virtual simulations. Software features were born from student needs, and courses continue to grow to address updated competencies and new demands placed on clinicians. Patient interactions and clinical scenarios are regularly refreshed.

Research shows* simulation-based experiences expedite learning and professional advancement. Sentinel U staff understand what it’s like to teach and where pain points lie. Learners can rely on 24/7 support across all virtual clinicals, meeting their on-demand needs.

      *Effectiveness of virtual reality training in improving knowledge among nursing students: A systematic review, meta-analysis and meta-regression, Nurse Education Today, Vol. 98, March 2021.

Sentinel U products offered by TDS Health include:

  • • Professional Nursing Series
  • • Advanced Practice Series
  • • Telehealth Series
  • • Nursing Quality Indicators®
  • • Patient Management and Delegation®
  • • Interprofessional Teams®

Product Highlights

Professional Nursing Series - Virtual Nursing Simulations Give Licensed Nurses The Best PracticeSM

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The virtual simulations from Sentinel U provide excellent training opportunities for RNs to enhance their skills or learn new areas of practice. From developing skills in nurse management and leadership courses, to Transition to Practice programs for newly licensed nurses, Sentinel U offers a variety of virtual simulations for organizations with a nurse residency who are looking for ways to further workforce development. Learners can earn 40 CEs.

Professional Nursing Series™ Virtual Simulations

Give your learners a standardized, realistic, and immersive virtual experience to stay current with practice trends, refine clinical judgment, and strengthen decision-making skills. Learners can earn 40 CEs. Learners will review patient information, inquiries, physical assessments, and updates for each of their patients individually within each section of the scenarios, and will be challenged to provide a rationale for their clinical decisions for each of the five patients in 20 unique modules:

  • • Surgical Inpatient – 2 contact hours
  • • Surgical Outpatient – 2 contact hours
  • • Medical Care – 2 contact hours
  • • Critical Care – 2 contact hours
  • • Medical Surgical Care – 2 contact hours
  • • Intensive Care – 2 contact hours
  • • Pediatrics Acute Inpatient Care – 2 contact hours
  • • Pediatrics Acute Outpatient Care – 2 contact hours
  • • Pediatrics Chronic Inpatient Care – 2 contact hours
  • • Pediatrics Chronic Outpatient Care – 2 contact hours
  • • Mental Health Acute Outpatient Care – 2 hours
  • • Mental Health Acute Inpatient Care – 2 contact hours
  • • Mental Health Chronic Outpatient Care – 2 contact hours
  • • Mental Health Chronic Inpatient Care – 2 contact hours
  • • Geriatrics Inpatient Care – 2 contact hours
  • • Geriatrics Outpatient Care – 2 contact hours
  • • Antepartum / Intrapartum Inpatient Care – 2 contact hours
  • • Antepartum / Intrapartum Outpatient Care – 2 contact hours
  • • Postpartum / Neonatal Outpatient Care – 2 contact hours
  • • Postpartum / Neonatal Inpatient Care – 2 contact hours

All virtual nursing simulation programs are developed by nursing educators and aligned with specialty organization competencies such as American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses, American Heart Association, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the Professional Nursing Series™ aligns with Magnet Model Components in Exemplary Professional Practice, Structural Empowerment, and Empirical Outcomes.

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by Connecticut Nurses’ Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Enhance Your Learner’s Personal and Professional Development in Nursing With Virtual Simulations from Sentinel U

Sentinel U’s virtual scenarios were designed in direct collaboration with subject matter experts to include relevant healthcare concepts and principles that map directly to your organization’s objectives. With Sentinel U, your learners can:

  • • Engage in realistic patient encounters across healthcare settings
  • • Sharpen clinical reasoning, decision-making skills, and critical thinking competency
  • • Practice in a risk-free environment
  • • Boost confidence
  • • Get real-time feedback with rationales
  • • Access virtual simulations on-demand anywhere and anytime

A Robust Series for Advanced Practice Learners

This virtual simulation series provides authentic virtual clinical encounters to prepare advanced practice learners such as nurse practitioner, physician assistant/associate, and medical students by refining clinical judgment and decision-making skills when developing diagnoses and plans of care.

Each clinical area includes five patients with genuine scenarios created by advanced practice subject matter experts, and exposes learners to ICD, CPT, and HCPCS coding for billing consideration. The Advanced Practice Series™ features 11 modules with 55 patients:

  • • Typical Adult Encounters
  • • Complex Adult Encounters
  • • Adult Mental Health Encounters
  • • Pediatric Mental Health Encounters
  • • Typical Pediatric Encounters
  • • Complex Pediatric Encounters
  • • Cardiac Encounters
  • • Oncology Encounters
  • • Gerontology Encounters
  • • Women’s Health GYN Encounters
  • • Women’s Health OB Encounters

Academic Alignment:

  • • AACN Essentials for Advanced-Level Nursing Education
  • • ACGME Core Competencies for Medical Education
  • • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Role Specific Competencies
  • • Competencies for the PA Profession Adopted by AAPA, ARC-PA, NCCPA, and PAEA

Fill gaps left by clinical preceptor demand and limited practice sites, and ensure your learners are exposed to commonly found encounters prior to facing them in a real-world environment.

  • • Advance through the clinical encounter while reviewing the patient inquiry, H&P and review of systems (ROS) within the EHR
  • • Identify differential diagnoses and order corresponding diagnostics
  • • Develop comprehensive plan of care
  • • Select appropriate billing codes
  • • Includes faculty guide, feedback and rationales, and a dashboard with evaluative report, as well as a learner dashboard

Telehealth Series

In these realistic virtual clinicals, the learner, in a hospital setting, conducts a virtual office visit with the remote patient, reviewing data and selecting telehealth tools to monitor specific parameters. In-depth dialog, and immediate feedback with rationales for correct and incorrect answers, immerses the learner in the telehealth visit. Each virtual clinical includes a faculty guide, feedback and rationales, a dashboard with evaluative report, and a learner dashboard.

Telehealth Series™ provides long-distance clinical care and professional health education using electronic data and telecommunications technology (Health Resources and Services Administration) including videoconferencing (synchronous and asynchronous), remote patient monitoring, and mobile health (mHealth) to improve access to care, support quality patient-centered outcomes, and enhance efficiency in the healthcare system. By identifying the assessment skills required to use home-based telehealth devices, learners interpret alerts, developing the necessary clinical judgment and communication skills to assess, monitor, and evaluate the care of patients remotely. Four different clinical settings, each with three separate patients, begin with a prebrief, addressing telehealth related competencies such as nursing scope of practice and professional licensure requirements.

Interprofessional Teams

Sentinel U’s Interprofessional Teams® virtual clinical series is designed specifically for healthcare leaders, practicing nurses, and nursing students who are sharpening their communication and collaboration skills. In the first module, the learner meets Jenny, a 9-year-old who is struggling in the fourth grade; in subsequent modules, the learner will watch Jenny’s case study unfold and will address her physical and psychosocial issues over multiple decades in her life. The learner will act as the lead nurse who assesses Jenny and conducts a patient inquiry session, honing therapeutic communication techniques. After identifying the patient’s needs, the learner will select five interprofessional team members, based on their scope of practice, to further manage and evaluate the patient. Next, the learner will observe the group collaboration process, recognize challenges and barriers within the team, and then guide the conversation by making decisions that result in positive impacts on the team and, ultimately, patient-centered care.

Nursing Quality Indicators

Learners will practice clinical judgment and decision-making skills that will impact the quality and safety of a healthcare organization. As learners evaluate ten patients, they will immediately see how their care decisions affect structure, outcome, process, and cost. The scenario provides background, an electronic medical record (EMR), test results and imaging for each patient; as learners make positive decisions, they will earn badges, but more importantly, they will build knowledge, skills, and confidence. At the end of the scenario, there is an automated report that displays the total number of correct responses for each person. Clients have included this scenario in Nursing Leadership and Management, Transition to Practice, Nursing Quality and Safety and Capstone courses. Most frequently, learners earn 3-6 virtual clinical hours within this scenario, and they have access to it for up to 12 months.

Patient Management and Delegation

In this scenario, learners will step into the shoes of a Charge Nurse and have to practice clinical judgment and decision-making skills related to setting acuities, scheduling, delegating and prioritizing patient care.

As learners work with each of the 56 patients through five levels that progress in complexity, they use “big picture” insight to assign these patients to nurses depending on the nurse’s experience, record of efficiency and overall caseload. Working from SBAR handoff reports and staff nurse details, learners will take on high levels of responsibility and learn to plan, coordinate, and evaluate nursing resources in an engaging environment that offers no risk to patients and staff but feels very real.

This scenario gives learners access for 12 months and permits more than one solution based on the mix of patients, nurses, and acuity; additionally, it comes with intuitive reporting to allow faculty or hospital coordinators to easily track activity. Most commonly, this scenario is utilized in Nursing Leadership and Management, Transition to Nursing Practice, and Capstone courses.

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