The Teaching and Learning Benefits of Simulation “SimBABY” High-Fidelity Mannequin and “CHILDVitaSim” Mannequin in Baccalaureate Nursing Program: Nursing Care of Children Clinical Practicum Course

Thursday, July 14, 2011: 8:50 AM

Zepure Samawi, PhD, RN
School of nursing, Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL

Learning Objective 1: 1. Integrate creative ways of teaching and learning strategies to maximize the benefits of “SimBABY” high-fidelity mannequin, “CHILDVitaSim” mannequin in nursing clinical course.

Learning Objective 2: 2. Develop simulated pediatric cases studies to enhance clinical learning.

Purpose: The purpose of this project  included the development of clinical simulated case studies and implementation of simulated learning skills/experiences for baccalaureate pediatric nursing students.  Pediatric clinical simulation is emerging technology and requires faculty expertise to integrate into clinical teaching.  Nursing students always have the fear of hurting the patient or making an error.  This project incorporated laboratory clinical learning experiences  use of “SimBABY” high-fidelity mannequin, “CHILDVitaSim” mannequin, and computer based simulated pediatric cases studies. 

Methods: The method included Senior one Nursing students enrolled in the Nursing care of Children Course Theory and Practicum participated in this project.  This project included the use of laboratory “SimBABY” high-fidelity mannequin and “CHILDVitaSim” mannequin in clinical teaching and learning.  The faculty arranged four sessions two hours each of simulation lab experiences for the students in the clinical section.  The students were taught how to assess a healthy infant/child and infant/child with acute or chronic illness such as a child with asthma.

Results: The results and  outcomes of this project  included application of critical thinking, demonstration/return demonstration of pediatric nursing skills, analysis, interpretation, and prioritization of nursing interventions, documentation, and multidisciplinary communication. Students were evaluated for their competency level at the end of the clinical rotation. The goal of this project was to build confidence in the nursing student when caring for pediatric patients and to apply critical thinking skills.

Conclusion: In conclusion this project  created a clinical simulation situation in a nonthreatening environment and with the use of high-fidelity mannequin students were able  learn essential assessment skills and become competent in giving care to their assigned pediatric patients.