Literature shows that simulation-based nursing education and training is a widely accepted and highly effective way of teaching clinicians. Pediatric hospitals that perform stem cell transplantation (SCT) often find themselves struggling to train and validate nurses' competence. As a children's hospital of 259 certified beds seeking to improve the training and validation of nurses who perform and care for patients receiving stem cells, an interprofessional team was established to create an innovative clinical skills education and competency program using high fidelity simulation.
Caring for a complex and vulnerable patient population requires confidence, competence and a standardized approach. Patients and families become very familiar and involved with their care needs which adds to the nervousness of the novice RN. We have created a venue where you could learn and practice in a safe environment, ask questions and receive immediate feedback if mistakes are made followed by the opportunity to repeat and perform skills correctly.
Interprofessional team members created relevant scenarios for 2 simulation days: day 1 is admission through stem cell infusion and day 2 focuses on post-transplant complications. Simulation offers an innovative and standardized approach to teach nurses at all levels. SCT patients have complex care needs. Having the ability to practice the "basics" and work through less common complications allows for increased confidence of all involved, while improving patient safety. Nurses build upon and synthesize information and apply it real time. Expert clinical nurses partner with the nursing education specialist to facilitate the simulations.
During this interactive presentation you will receive:
- Overview of simulation development process
- Details of the simulation lab content including objectives
- Tips for running a successful simulation
- Current state of BMT orientation
- Opportunities for improvements
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