SYMPOSIUM
Sunday, November 13, 2005: 8:15 AM-9:30 AM
Infusing Simulation Across an Undergraduate BSN Curriculum: Tales From the Field
Learning Objective #1: Discuss issues to consider when adopting simulation as a core teaching strategy in a nursing program
Learning Objective #2: Envision potential advantages of using clinical simulation for teaching nursing students
Schools of nursing are under increasing pressure to produce clinically competent graduates: those who are proficient in providing care for a core set of clinical problems and able to prioritization care activities. In our program, we are using clinical simulations (clinical scenarios enacted within a virtual care environment using manikins that simulate human patients) as a key teaching strategy to achieve this goal. The use of these clinical simulations guarantees that each student will have had experience with a pre-defined core set of major disease processes and their associated nursing care prior to graduation regardless of the studentís assigned clinical rotations. Further, it enhances the validity and reliability of student performance assessment. Course content and clinical scenario experiences in the simulation lab are matched, giving novice students experience in such basic skills as assessing normal and abnormal breath, bowel, and heart sounds. Multiple layering of nursing skills and physiological concepts, for example, caring for the hysterical family member in addition to the acute heart attack patient, simulate what students may experience in the practice arena. Our symposium will highlight key elements needed for the incorporation of simulation learning into a curriculum, how clinical simulation is being used in individual courses (a BSN and an RN-BSN assessment course, a foundations course, and a medical-surgical nursing course), and how it aided the implementation of an innovative all levels clinical make-up experience. We will share evaluation data provided by students and faculty that suggests that clinical simulations provide a rich and safe learning environment that encourages in-depth questions and analysis from students, increases the quality and nature of the pedagogical interactions between faculty and students, and improves subsequent clinical performance in the clinical laboratory when caring for patients.
Organizer:Suzan Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RNC
Presenters:Carolyn L. Cason, RN, PhD
Mindi Anderson, RN, CPNP, MSN
Nola Schrum, RN, FNP-C
Jackie Michaels, RN, MS, WHNP
Susan Walker, RN, MS, FNP-C
Suzan Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RNC
Jackie Michael, MSN, RNC, WHCNP
 Shaping the Ball and Getting it Rolling
Carolyn L. Cason, RN, PhD
 From Lecture to Life...Simulation in a Skills Lab
Nola Schrum, RN, FNP-C
 He's Alive! Using Simulation in a BSN Assessment Course
Mindi Anderson, RN, CPNP, MSN
 Using Simulation in an RN-BSN Assessment Course
Jackie Michaels, RN, MS, WHNP
 From the Pasture to the Stable: Moving Faculty into the Simulation Fold
Susan Walker, RN, MS, FNP-C
 An All-Comers Clinical Make-up Experience Using Simulation
Suzan Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RNC

Sigma Theta Tau International
38th Biennial Convention - Clinical Sessions
November 12-13, 2005
Indianapolis, IN