Have you ever read the International Nursing Association’s Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL.Org) “Clinical Simulation in Nursing” journal? This monthly research and publication journal has a plethora of great healthcare simulation peer-reviewed content.
Touching on this year’s INACSL 2013 keynote address which you can review here, Clinical Simulation in Nursing’s Editor-in-Chief Suzie Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE covered in this month’s Editorial how Nursing can use simulation as an evidence-based practice tool:
“Were you as impressed as I was with Bernadette Melnyk’s keynote address at the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning conference in June? Melnyk mentioned an outstanding article by one of our own society’s board members, Michelle Aebersold.
Aebersold (2010) provides a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP) guidelines into hospitals. One could argue the same thing could be done to refresh academic clinical education faculty. Many staff nurses and faculty tend to maintain their clinical practice based on what they were originally taught. However, many recent important research discoveries that directly impact patient care are made and published, but sit in unread journals, piling up next to the bed on the nightstand, in the bathroom, underneath the couch…it happens to everyone. Thus, it is not uncommon that our patients are not benefitting from current best clinical practices. To compound this problem, many hospitals reflexively cut back education department clinicians every time there is a need for cost saving, further eroding practicing nurses’ access to those paid to keep us current, in best practices.
Best EBP guidelines can be introduced, implemented, and reinforced using simulation. Aebersold wrote a scenario using the current EBP guidelines for nurses to recognize and treat sepsis. Although many nurses correctly diagnosed sepsis during the simulation, only half treated the patient correctly, using the current EBP guidelines for sepsis. Nurses unaware of the changes in sepsis care practice were updated during the debriefing process and left feeling positive and educated.”
If you are a member of INACSL you can read the rest of Suzie’s article or check out any of these awesome topics in the November issue:
- Simulation Fidelity and Cueing: A Systematic Review of the Literature
- Multiple-Patient Simulation to Transition Students to Clinical Practice
- Interprofessional Simulation to Foster Collaboration between Nursing and Medical Students
- Causes of Student Anxiety during Simulation: What the Literature Says
- Imogene: A Simulation Innovation to Teach Community Health Nursing
- Enhancing Labor and Delivery Learning Experiences Through Simulation
- Funding a Collaborative Simulation Center: First Step in Interprofessional Education (Written by the Staff of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas!)
- Students Like Peer Evaluation during Home Visit Simulation Experiences
- Development of the Health Communication Assessment Tool: Enhancing Relationships, Empowerment, and Power-Sharing Skills
- In Situ and Mobile Simulation: Lessons Learned … Authentic and Resource Intensive
If you are not a member and are a Nurse Educators utilizing simulation, you should strongly consider joining INACSL today!