Nursing Simulation

A mobile game to help nursing students practice the multifactor decision-making process of nurse assignment.



Launch Date

Fall 2017

Development Team

Dave Lasala, Creative Director
Rob Schwartzberg, Unity Programmer
Jiayan “Maggie” Li, Visual Designer
Jonathan Bowen, Additional Visual Assets

Development Tools

Unity 3D (v5.6.0f3)


A mobile game to help nursing students practice the multifactor decision-making process of nurse assignment, which includes accurately recognizing nurse competency, assessing patient acuity, and determining how to equitably assign which patients each nurse sees on a shift. While these skills have traditionally been difficult to learn without being on the job in a high-risk environment, this new practice tool allows students to fail safely, without affecting patient health. This app was developed in partnership with faculty member Larry Z. Slater for the Rory Meyers College of Nursing course Leadership & Management.


  • Explanative content describing patient acuity and nurse competency.
  • Performance rating and feedback.
  • Responsive design for phone and tablet.
  • Feedback can be sent to faculty through Amazon’s lambda functions.

Lessons Learned

Dave: This project demanded refinements to our development workflow, leading to more formalized tracking, milestones and timeline management. Additionally, it helped to underscore the importance of beginning to build a network of student beta-tester. We also learned that translating instructional material can inspire the authoring faculty to revise it on the fly (which can impact the production timeline). And of course, the recurring question of the ideal range of scaffolding in a game for studying versus a game for teaching returned again.

Rob: Above all, this project stressed the importance of having a solid concept and design before beginning development. Halfway into production, we had to introduce the idea of design lock to keep the production on track. Because this was also a mobile app, it also helped reinforced our mobile publishing workflow.


If you’re having issues with this app, in most cases one of the following will help:

  • Restart the app.
  • If that doesn’t help, close any non-essential apps.
  • If that doesn’t help, restart your device.
  • If that doesn’t help, try reinstalling the app.
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