Exploring the use of high-fidelity simulation training to enhance clinical skills
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Exploring the use of high-fidelity simulation training to enhance clinical skills

Lucy Ann Kirkham Senior lecturer in adult nursing and interprofessional education lead, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, England

The use of interprofessional simulation training to enhance nursing students’ performance of technical and non-technical clinical skills is becoming increasingly common. Simulation training can involve the use of role play, virtual reality or patient simulator manikins to replicate clinical scenarios and assess the nursing student’s ability to, for example, undertake clinical observations or work as part of a team. Simulation training enables nursing students to practise clinical skills in a safe environment. Effective simulation training requires extensive preparation, and debriefing is necessary following a simulated training session to review any positive or negative aspects of the learning experience. This article discusses a high-fidelity simulated training session that was used to assess a group of third-year nursing students and foundation level 1 medical students. This involved the use of a patient simulator manikin in a scenario that required the collaborative management of a deteriorating patient.

Correspondence L.kirkham@shu.ac.uk

Nursing Standard. 32, 24,44-53. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e10693

Received: 23 September 2016

Accepted: 07 April 2017

Published in print: 07 February 2018

Conflict Of Interest

None declared

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