Patient Simulation is the Future of Nursing

| Roxanne Blanford

Christine Park, M.D., a recognized leader in simulation and the 2017 president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, penned a thoughtful piece about the role that simulation plays within the nursing profession and in improving patient safety (published in the online edition of Media Planet's "Future of Health Care News").

Here below are a few excerpts from that article, with added insights offered by CAE Healthcare. We hope it inspires you during 2020, International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, and beyond.

... Nurses have long been using training through simulation for procedures such as inserting a catheter or tube, and studies have shown that this type of practice reduces infections.

However, nurses today care for increasingly complex patients, in increasingly demanding environments. Simulation is critical for training in new skills; developing experiences with rare events, and maintaining and expanding competence throughout one’s career.

... I  see three main areas of benefit from simulated nurse training and education. The first is attaining competency in technical skills. The second has to do with integrating cognitive and psychosocial skills into patient care. The third is enhancing team communication skills in a clinical environment ...

... Over the next five to ten years, I anticipate that simulation will become a critical part of the entire spectrum of a nurse’s career and quality simulation training will become a public demand.

... Learning through simulation will have a dramatic impact on improving individual, team and systems performance for the ultimate goal of patient safety."

                                                                                                                               Christine Park, M.D.

Simulation as a Teaching Tool for Clinical Skills Acquisition: Now and in the Future

Healthcare simulation for nurses has proven to be a safe way for clinical students to practice and learn until they achieve competency. Student nurses and similar healthcare learners are able to experience realistic scenarios in a risk-free setting (one that does not harm actual patients). In this manner, they can take time to reflect upon what went right and what went wrong. With simulation, nursing students may self-correct and learn from productive feedback in real-time.

The future of nursing and healthcare training rests in uncovering the many additional ways that simulation facilitates true and deeper learning. Whether through virtual simulations, screen-based simulations or augmented reality, the technologies of the future will provide greater opportunities for educators to discover the beneficial outcomes that simulation offers the nursing profession.  Some of these positive results include:

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From task training, wound care and postpartum fundus assessment, through more advanced, critical patient care scenarios, CAE Juno facilitates crucial skills acquisition through immersive learning to better prepare new nurses for today's challenging hospital environments. 

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Read the complete article, "Glimpsing the Future of Nursing with Simulation", by Christine Park, M.D.
Additional sources:
Johnson, J., (1999) Clinical simulation laboratory: An adjunct to clinical teaching. Nurse Educator, 24 (5), 37-41

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