Simulated Learning Activities: Improving Midwifery Students' Understanding of Reflective Practice

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Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 2012, 8 (9)
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Background: Graduate Diploma in Midwifery students at an Australian university poorly evaluated a compulsory theoretical subject (unit of study) titled Becoming a Reflective Practitioner over several years. Method: Authentic practice-based simulated scenarios were introduced to improve student learning and as an innovative approach to teaching reflective practice. The introduction was evaluated using student feedback surveys, pre- and post simulation knowledge questionnaires, and 6-week retention-of-knowledge questionnaires. Results: Students reported improved levels of satisfaction, greater learning, and increasing knowledge in the simulated practice area. The students rated the scenarios as useful in increasing reflective practice, but this was secondary to skill acquisition. Conclusion: Simulated activities may prove useful in developing reflective practice, but further investigation is required to examine how to shift the focus from clinical skill acquisition to reflective practice. © 2012 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning.
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