Simulation and Innovation: Surgical Intensive Care Unit Critical Escape

Author(s): Sherry Allen

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Nov 15, 2026

Topics: Education

Role: Staff, Educator

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Educating the multigenerational nursing workforce is a challenge requiring new and innovative techniques. With that in mind, we present an escape room skills lab for an ICU using high-fidelity simulation. Nurses are challenged with clues and puzzles while caring for a critically ill patient in a race to escape the room. We discuss the evidence behind gaming in education, what we understand about creating an escape room and the challenges of creating this exercise.


  • Describe the benefits of gamification in nursing education.
  • Explain how patient simulation can be a useful tool when incorporating game play into learning.
  • Develop an outline for a high-fidelity escape room educational experience.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN, ANCC, or CBRN approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


Any relevant relationship between an ineligible company and an individual with the ability to influence clinical content will be identified by the Nurse Planner within the activity. Any relevant relationship between an ineligible company and an individual with the ability to influence clinical content has been mitigated.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.

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