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Using high fidelity simulation to develop interprofessional clinical and communication skills in final year nursing & medical students

Abstract:


McChagie et al (2006) Bremner et al (2006) Alinier (2006) Weller et al (2004) suggest that simulation training can improve acute care skills in medical undergraduates, help small groups of students to safely learn how to act appropriately in critical care situations and  when used with nursing  students help to develop critical thinking skills and increase students confidence. Potentially this project may help reduce medical errors, increase patient safety, satisfaction and care.

The project team will develop, implement and evaluate facilitated simulation sessions for final year nursing and medical students, using the METTI simulator. Scenarios around acute/critical conditions, supporting self-directed learning materials and a web based video will be developed by the team. The aim of this work is help students to integrate and develop their existing knowledge related to total patient care in acute/critical situations, clarify their roles and responsibilities and develop communication and clinical skills required for managing acute/critical situations. 

The evaluation will include a brief literature review on simulation and  identify the effectiveness and learning from the project,  from the perspective of both the students and facilitators. The report will make recommendations for further development to ensure this project is embedded into final year nursing and medical curriculum.  

Celia Goreham & Val Dimmock jointly; Adam Feather



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