Assessing Perceptions of Effective Communication Using Safety Concepts

Tuesday, 31 July 2012: 1:50 PM

Liane Connelly, PhD
Jennifer Swantek, MSN
Northern Division, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, Norfolk, NE

Learning Objective 1: Discuss best educational practice for teaching EHR in academic settings.

Learning Objective 2: Identify key elements in the development of a collaborative leadership simulation experience.

The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Project (QSEN, 2011) strives to promote innovation in the creation and evaluation of methods that address student learning of the six Institute of Medicine (IOM) and QSEN competencies, including patient-centered care, teamwork & collaboration, evidence based practice, quality improvement, and safety. With this knowledge, nurses can continuously improve healthcare systems.

The college of nursing northern division of this Midwestern academic medical center was created in 2010 to provide a bachelor of science in nursing program in this region. This division is located on the community college campus and shares building space with the practical and associate degree nursing programs that are offered through the community college. 

The faculty at both institutions recognized the need to create collaborative simulation experiences for their students in an effort to mimic the real world of nursing practice and address the IOM/QSEN competencies. The safety competency served as the topic for the first collaborative simulation project.

The faculty developed scenarios for eleven patients which included a number of safety markers. These patients composed the census for the fictitious hospital unit in the simulation laboratory. The combined use of high, moderate and low fidelity manikins, as well as live actors in role play, allowed students to practice effective communication techniques during patient transfer, untoward patient events, and concerns regarding care of patients. Combining practical, associate and baccalaureate degree nursing students in the simulation experience provided for a realistic picture of a typical inpatient day.

This presentation will provide an overview of the creation, implementation and evaluation of the project.  Suggestions for improvement and other potential opportunities for simulation development and evaluation will be discussed.

Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (2011, December 7) Retrieved from