Designing simulation learning experiences to reduce technological burden on nursing academics: a discussion paper

Ryan, Colleen, Roy, Sherre, O’Neill, Barbara, Simes, Tracey, Lapkin, Samuel, and Riva, Elizabeth (2017) Designing simulation learning experiences to reduce technological burden on nursing academics: a discussion paper. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 35 (2). pp. 6-11.

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Objective: The literature reports nursing academics avoid manikin-based simulation because they feel intimidated by the technology. With that in mind we sought to design a manikin-based simulation learning experience for nursing students, with low technological burden for those nursing academics expected to work with the technology.

Setting: A multi-campus Australian regional university school of nursing.

Subjects: Nursing academics with little or no experience in manikin-based simulation.

Primary argument: Nursing academics are encouraged to use manikins in their clinical teaching but little has been done to address their fears and concerns around the technology. We argue that taking simple steps to decrease the technological burden will help to encourage nursing academics uptake of manikin-based simulations, as a favoured pedagogy in clinical teaching.

Conclusion: The technological burden around manikin-based simulation was reduced by: (1) choosing medium level fidelity simulations, (2) designing simulations where students operate the equipment, (3) preparing participants for the SLE with a pre-brief video and instruction handouts, (4) offering academics roles as observers, and (5) providing on-site technological support. Nursing academics were encouraged by the process and more inclined to engage with manikin simulations. Designing simulations that address nursing academics’ fears and concerns around simulation technology encourages simulation uptake.

Item ID: 75900
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-4328
Keywords: simulation, nursing, satisfaction, medium fidelity, engaged
Copyright Information: © Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2022 00:14
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200307 Nursing @ 50%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160104 Professional development and adult education @ 50%
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