Using Simulation as a Capstone Experience in a Nursing Residency Program A Collaborative effort between Academia and Practice. Arlene Coughlin MSN, CNE, RN J. Cedar Wang MSN, RN Lori Podlinski MSN, MBA, RN Barbara Blackwell EdD , RN-BC.
Arlene Coughlin MSN, CNE, RN
J. Cedar Wang MSN, RN
Lori Podlinski MSN, MBA, RN
Barbara Blackwell EdD, RN-BC
reinforcing critical thinking skills
Clinical Simulation Reinforces Adult Learning Theories
Experiential Learning Reflective Learning
Clinical simulation finds support in educational literature
as a critical component of experiential learning (Dreifuerst, 2009).
Kolb (1984) states:
“Knowledge is derived from and tested out in experiences of the learner. The knowledge and skill that is acquired in one experience becomes the foundation by which the learner adapts to new experiences” (p.27).
Kolb (1984) proposes “learning occurs when an event is followed
by reflection and then critical discourse after which the learner
modifies their actions” (p.21).
Daloz(1999) states that “mentors are a key part on our transformation reminding us that we can indeed survive the terror of our journey and undergo transformation by moving through not around our fears” (p.18).
The nursing resident will integrate theory into practice by using the metacognitive skills of critical thinking and problem solving to determine priority-nursing actions in two clinical simulations.
Gasper, M.L. & Dillon, P.M. (2012). Clinical simulations for nursing education: Learner volume. (p. 431). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company
Run simulation earlier in the Residency Program
Use simulation as a formative assessment that factors into summative evaluation process
Include simulation throughout the student’s academic career to assess achievement of higher level skills and better prepare the graduate nurse for practice (Bensfield, Horsley, & Leann, 2012).
Simulation provides an effective means to evaluate practitioner safety and competency (Beyea, van Reyn, & Slattery, 2008)
Preparation is a key ingredient to enhancing
the fidelity of a simulation
Effective debriefing is essential to the learning process (Dreifuerst, 2009).
Use simulation as a means to validate skill attainment and competency in the new graduate and experienced RN
Classic New Nurse Orientation
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Daloz, L.A. (1999). Mentor: Guiding the Journey of Adult Learners. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
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