Developing Healthcare Skills through Simulation
- Matthew Aldridge - University of Wolverhampton, UK
- Stephen Wanless - Birmingham City University, UK
Practice educators and mentors are now expected to have the skills and techniques needed to implement a 'learning skills through simulation' program into established curricula, yet using simulation to teach – while of huge importance - requires careful and time-consuming planning. This valuable resource takes away some of that burden by providing clear, ready-made activities and guidance from leading practitioners in a range of fields, which healthcare and practice educators and mentors can use to enhance their teaching of all the essential and commonly-taught clinical and management skills and knowledge.
Dedicated chapters, which all follow a defined step-by-step format, provide simulation scenarios, alongside facilitator guidance, which will help develop confidence in the teaching of key skills such as:
- Drug administration
- Conflict management
- Infection control
- Breaking bad news
- Catheter and bowel care
These scenarios and accompanying guidance can be used as a framework for teaching, promoting a greater understanding of the skill being taught, and providing a risk-free opportunity for the student to practice their clinical and managerial skills and judgment.
There is growing interest in simulation in nursing education and this text clarified a number of the key issues underpinning it as well as offering examples of how it may be used.
This is an excellent textbook. I am very familiar with the use of simulation as a learning tool but have found that this book is supportive of how I am developing my practice in the field. I feel that the lay out is very useful and I did particularly like the system based approach for some of the chapters. Although the book is based in the adult domain of nursing it is easily transferable to all other areas of nursing and is supportive of the educator in practice. I also found the chapter on conflict excellent. It will enable the practitioner to manage situations that are based in the client arena but also in the workplace too. It provides the educator in practice and academia with the opportunity to replicate practice situations and thus enables the student to learn in a safe environment that will give them confidence in the real world situation. A splendid text that supports the team and individuals learning .
I felt this was suitable for tutors only.