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Evaluating impact of repeated exposure to high fidelity simulation: skills acquisition and stress levels in postgraduate critical care nursing students

Citation

Hardenberg, J and Rana, I and Tori, K, Evaluating impact of repeated exposure to high fidelity simulation: skills acquisition and stress levels in postgraduate critical care nursing students, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 48 pp. 96-102. ISSN 1876-1399 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2020 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ecns.2020.06.002

Abstract

Abstract

Background

Unfamiliarity with skills and environment is an important contributor to occupational stress for critical care nurses. Simulation is an effective pedagogy for the development of clinical proficiency. Hence, it is important to research the impact of simulation exposure on both skills enhancement and stress levels.

Method

Participants were postgraduate intensive care nursing students. Data on clinical performance and participant stress levels (average heart rate) were collected during repeated high-fidelity simulation exposures.

Results

Repeated exposures indicated that skills were enhanced in the category primary assessment and consultation with doctor. The average heart rate was elevated during each simulation exposure. Repeated exposures did not attenuate participant stress levels.

Conclusion

Enhanced skills and familiarity with the environment do not necessarily reduce stress levels during simulated high-acuity scenarios.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:simulation, nursing, critical care
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Hardenberg, J (Ms Joannet Hardenberg)
UTAS Author:Tori, K (Associate Professor Kathleen Tori)
ID Code:142851
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2021-02-12
Last Modified:2021-05-31
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