The effect of high-fidelity simulation training on medical-surgical graduate nurses perceived ability to respond to patient clinical emergencies

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Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 2009, 40 (11), pp. 491 - 498
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BACKGROUND Recognition and early intervention of acutely deteriorating patients is often the responsible of medical -surgical nurses. This study examined the effect of simulation on medical â surgical nursing graduatesâ perceived ability and confidence in responding to patient clinical emergencies. METHODOLOGY Fifty medical - surgical university graduate students undertook high-fidelity immersive simulations. Pre and post simulation questionnaires asking participants to rate perceived ability and confidence were completed. RESULTS Participants reported increased confidence in their ability to perform both technical and non-technical aspects of responding to patient clinical emergencies following simulation. Ninety-four percent of participants identified formal debriefing as the most useful aspect of the simulation experience. CONCLUSION Medical - surgical graduate nursesâ confidence and perceived ability in technical and non-technical skills during patient clinical emergencies are enhanced following simulation. The ability of graduates to transpose the increased confidence and perceived ability in advanced resuscitation skills following simulation to the clinical environment needs to be investigated.
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