I hate sim lab days because they are SO long but I feel they are a vital part of learning while in nursing school
. It's a safe place to make mistakes and hopefully learn from them. I'd much rather mess up on a sim manikin than on a real patient! You have your fellow students to help if it's a "code" situation and if not, if it's an individual scenario, stop, breathe and think it through. I love my instructor, she makes a good point that students without fail do some of the weirdest things and completely forget everything all because they are being watched closely. Once you are the one watching your classmate do his/her scenario, suddenly it is easier for you to recall how to do tasks/skills and critically think.
lol there is a pin on Pinterest that reads, "The probability of someone watching you is proportional to the stupidity of your action." Recently, I did a sim for school and ended up 1) not getting a good handoff report from the medic students, 2) shocking a peds patient in PEA and 3) only pushing one dose of Epi... EPIC FAIL. Again, I am glad that it was a manikin and not a real patient! I learned a lot and will likely never make that same mistake again. I want to get used to being in those high stress situations because I want to be an ER and flight nurse in the future.
If your instructor gives you some kind of scenario ahead of time like ours was and it relates to what you just learned in theory, take the time to do a good write-up or prep and it should help the day of sim. Just chalk it up to a learning experience!