‘Ward for the day’: A case study of extended immersive ward-based simulation

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Davies, Hugh, Schultz, Rebecca, Sundin, Deborah and Jacob, Elisabeth. (2020) ‘Ward for the day’: A case study of extended immersive ward-based simulation. Nurse Education Today. 90, pp. 1 - 8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2020.104430
AuthorsDavies, Hugh, Schultz, Rebecca, Sundin, Deborah and Jacob, Elisabeth
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Background Simulation is an important teaching strategy in the preparation of nursing students for professional practice. The focus of simulation has shifted from single patient encounters to multiple case studies provoking immersion in all the activities that are regularly performed on the ward. Extended immersive simulation cannot replicate completely the stresses of working on a ‘real’ ward, but it does provide a safe environment for students to practice the role of being a registered nurse. Objective To evaluate satisfaction associated with student experiences of mentorship by industry partners, self-reflection on performance, and responses to clinical situations following an episode of extended immersive ward-based simulation. Design Mixed methods case study. Setting School of Nursing and Midwifery metropolitan Western Australian university. Participants A cohort of 278 final year students enrolled in a three-year Bachelor of Nursing program. Method Eight demonstration rooms were re-configured to resemble a mixed medical/surgical ward. Nursing students and manikins in each room simulated different patient scenarios. Students were organised in three-hour shifts in which to undertake the role of a registered nurse. Industry partners undertook shift coordinator and senior nursing roles. Surveys were distributed to students at the end of the two-day simulation. Student satisfaction was evaluated using the Satisfaction with Simulation Experience scale and content analysis of open-ended questions. Results A total of 243 students (87.4%) responded to the survey. None of the scaled items had a mean score of below 4.5. Content analysis of 458 written responses identified three themes: simulation, role of registered nurse and learning. Conclusion Extended immersive ward-based simulation offers the opportunity for educators to mirror what happens in clinical practice. Students value the opportunity to safely experience simulated demands of working on a busy ward and learn how to meet workplace pressures in the delivery of patient care.

KeywordsExtended immersive simulation; Student satisfaction; Nursing education; Undergraduate nursing students
Year2020
JournalNurse Education Today
Journal citation90, pp. 1 - 8
PublisherElsevier Ltd
ISSN0260-6917
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2020.104430
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85083323115
Page range1 - 8
Research GroupSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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