Simulations in Healthcare: Trauma Team Communication, Task and Co-Joint Meaning Making

Thursday, 10 July 2008: 8:30 AM
Lydia L. Forsythe, PhD, MSN, MA, RN, CNOR , Surgical Services and Orthopedic Service Line, St. Anthony Medical Center OSF Healthcare, Rockford, IL

Learning Objective 1: use simulation in healthcare for improved communication within team interactions

Learning Objective 2: use simulation in healthcare for improved task orientation within teams

Simulation in healthcare can be used for multiple layers of development. A study was designed to use simulation in the emergency department of an acute care level one center in the Midwest of the U.S. to explore team communication and interactions during trauma simulations between emergency department medical residents, staff nurses and nursing students. In using a study design of action research and narrative interviewing the researchers wanted to determine if the team members felt that this type of exploration was beneficial from the aspect of team communication development. The results give a view of the perspectives of the participants from both a narrative and co-joint team meaning making session resulting in stories and themes. In addition, the results are being used for the development of team communication to add to the current simulation curriculums for medical and nursing students, and professional development for teams within the medical center settings.