Using simulation to encourage nursing students to deliver health promotion in practice
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Using simulation to encourage nursing students to deliver health promotion in practice

Stephanie Reynolds Senior Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England
Nina Shamaris Lecturer, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England
Oliver Suppiah Nursing Student, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England (at the time of writing)

Why you should read this article:
  • To acknowledge the essential role of nurses in health promotion and in making every contact count

  • To increase your awareness of the benefits of simulation as a teaching method in preregistration education

  • To enhance your knowledge of the tools and techniques available for conducting simulation exercises

Health promotion is an essential part of nursing care, and healthcare professionals are expected to make every contact count to initiate conversations with patients about healthy lifestyles and behaviour change. This can be challenging, particularly for nursing students, who may feel they lack the confidence and competence required. Simulation can be used as a teaching method to assist students in overcoming the challenges associated with delivering health promotion in practice.

This article describes a simulation exercise conducted with preregistration students at Birmingham City University, designed to encourage them to initiate conversations with patients around health promotion. It describes the tools and techniques used in the simulation exercise and includes a brief reflection by one student illustrating how simulation increased his confidence in delivering health promotion in practice.

Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2020.e1632

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

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Correspondence

stephanie.reynolds@bcu.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Reynolds S, Shamaris N, Suppiah O (2020) Using simulation to encourage nursing students to deliver health promotion in practice. Primary Health Care. doi:10.7748/phc.2020.e1632

Published online: 18 November 2020

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