Sunday, November 13, 2005: 1:30 PM-2:45 PM
Human Patient Simulation: Developing Nursing Competency in an Academic Medical Center
Learning Objective #1: Discuss the effectiveness of human patient simulation for creating and evaluating nurse competency
Learning Objective #2: Describe how scenario-based learning utilizing human patient simulation supports nurse competency for high-risk, low volume events that can lead to failure to rescue
Purpose: This symposium addresses an educational innovation (Human Patient Simulation) that creates opportunities for recent graduates and experienced nurses to acquire competencies that enhance professional development, quality of care, collaboration and teamwork, and concepts of patient safety. The program will discuss the effectiveness of this strategy in re-inventing traditional orientation approaches and “skills days” while improving nurse satisfaction with the educational process. Specifically, this symposium will provide participants with an overview of one academic medical center’s initiatives related to human patient simulation. The presenters will describe three courses for graduate and experienced nurses that fully integrate this innovation and have proven highly effective in developing and maintaining the competency of nurse caregivers. Methods: These specific educational programs have been developed and implemented across the medical/surgical specialties, critical care, and the children’s hospital. Nurses at all levels of expertise develop competency for low-frequency, high-risk events that can lead to the failure to rescue patients with urgent/emergent needs. Expert faculty and nurse clinicians rate nurses’ proficiency, competence, and critical thinking skills on a regular basis. Results: These programs demonstrate a realistic approach to providing near-to-real life clinical experiences in a planned, predictable manner. Rather than waiting months or years to manage a patient crisis, recent graduates and experienced nurses are provided experiences that parallel actual clinical events. Qualitative and quantitative measures indicate the value of simulated experiences and their applicability to practice. Conclusions and Implications: Structured learning experiences using human patient simulation can be instrumental in developing nurse competency and confidence. Additionally, as a teaching methodology, it provides a unique approach to offering learners a variety of clinical scenarios that closely mimic the clinical reality. Human patient simulation plays a critical role in developing the competence and confidence for clinical practice.
Organizer:Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN
Presenters:Linda J. Kobokovich, PhD, RN
Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN
Bridget O. Mudge, RN, MS
Ingrid B. Mroz, RN, MS, CCRN
Frances Todd, RN, MSN, CCM
 A Novel Nursing Residency Program Utilizing Human Patient Simulation
Linda J. Kobokovich, PhD, RN, Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN
 A Critical Care Course for Nurses Using Human Patient Simulation
Ingrid B. Mroz, RN, MS, CCRN, Frances Todd, RN, MSN, CCM
 Pediatric Nurse Residency Program Integrating Human Patient Simulation
Bridget O. Mudge, RN, MS, Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN

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