Essay on Effectiveness of Scenario Based Simulation Training

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Introduction/Problem Statement

Across the nation many nursing programs are facing clinical site shortages for their students. The hardest hit population is the license vocational nursing (LVN) students. Many hospitals are trending toward achieving “Magnet Status” for their institutions. Therefore, LVN students are no longer allowed to complete their clinical training in several hospitals. This action forces many nursing programs to seek alternative methods of clinical instruction. In years past simulation training was used as an aid to facilitate learning. Today, for many nursing programs scenario based simulation is the only option for learning patient care.

Which brings about the question as to just how effective is
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Simulations should map onto real-life clinical experience, ensuring that learning supports the experience gained within communities of actual practice.
Simulation-based learning environments should provide a supportive, motivational, and learner-centered educational climate that is conducive to learning.

Commonly encountered problems:

Many courses are isolated, single-instance episodes with little or no provision for regular practice and consolidation.

Clinician tutors often have limited training in the use of simulation for education.

Simulation-based training is often unrelated to the learner’s everyday work, so newly learned skills are not incorporated into clinical practice.

Simulation-based learning is often dominated by organizational and financial pressures rather than the individual needs of learners, and the importance of educational climate is frequently overlooked.

PICOT Question

Will nursing students benefit from simulation training only, when hospital training is not an option? My PICOT has now evolved into the question as to, whether or not simulation training improves the quality of care in the hospital setting. Furthermore, in my experience scenario based simulation provides a highly structured and well thought environment for patient care. Kneebone, Nestel, Vincent, & Darzi state, “Many existing simulations focus on crises, so clinicians are in a heightened state of
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