Simulations are becoming increasingly popular within hospitals, clinics, and undergraduate and graduate programs. Originally utilized for developing skills, simulations provide a realistic experience for nurses and physicians to practice real-life scenarios. Many scenarios have a pre-simulation component to provide complementary learning and a discussion session following the simulation. Although research and data are limited regarding the efficacy of simulations in professional practice, there are sources that suggest improved patient outcomes (Aebersold & Tschannen, 2013). Please see the article below for additional information.
Aebersold, M. & Tschannen, D. (2013). Simulation in nursing practice: the impact on patient care. The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 18(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.3912/OJIN.Vol18No02Man06.
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For our Leadership in Nursing class we were assigned to post to a nursing discussion board to gain feedback on outcomes management, and bring the information from the discussion back to class. I have chosen to focus on the topic of simulations (or any skill practice sessions for that matter) that are used in an educational or professional practice setting to improve patient outcomes. Any feedback, whether from other nursing schools or from practices in any setting would be very much appreciated (see questions below).
1. Are simulations/skill sessions mandatory in your practice?
2. If simulations aren't used in your practice, what interventions does your facility utilize to ensure nurses are remaining competent in their practice?
3. Has there been published data or results from your facility regarding improved or expected improved patient outcomes relating to skills practice sessions or simulations?
4. Any other feedback or comments are welcome!
Thank you in advance for your interest and input.