The Future of Nursing Simulation

By Roxanne Blanford


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Christine Park, M.D., and current president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, recently 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 are a few excerpts from that article, with added insights offered by CAE Healthcare. We hope it inspires you.

... 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

Simulation training experiences have been shown, through a host of research studies, to benefit nursing education in specific ways. Some of these positive results include:

  •  quicker acquisition of procedural and clinical skills
  •  development of core nursing competencies
  •  mastery of basic psychomotor skills without risk of harm to patients
  •  direct transference of skills into the clinical setting
  •  improved self-confidence in critical thinking and problem-management abilities

In 2017, CAE Healthcare embarked on an initiative to design a better clinical skills manikin. CAE Juno, a fully wireless, tetherless and modern nursing manikin, facilitates more immersive learning for today's nurses-in-training. 

By acquiring CAE Juno, training facilitators and students alike can expect to benefit from CAE Healthcare's long legacy of product quality, expertise, and top-level support.

Innovation is the hallmark of CAE Healthcare. CAE Juno reflects that in every detail.

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