Nickless, L., 2011. The use of simulation to address the acute care skills deficit in pre-registration nursing students: A clinical skills perspective. Nurse Education in Practice, 11 (3), pp. 199-205.
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The increase in patient acuity in primary and secondary settings is continuing, with a corresponding increase in the need for technological competence in these areas. Evidence, however, both nationally and internationally, suggests that these expectations are not being met. This paper offers a review of the literature on acute care, with a specific focus on pre-registration nursing students and the development of acute care skills. Three themes are discussed: factors contributing to the acute care skills deficit, the knowledge and skills required to work in acute care and strategies used to support the acquisition of acute care skills. In response to the review, and based upon the evidence-based solutions identified, the clinical skills team at Bournemouth University designed and developed two teaching sessions, using simulation and role play to support the acquisition of acute care skills in pre-registration students. Student evaluations identify that their knowledge, competence and confidence in this area have increased following the teaching sessions, although caution remains regarding transferability of these skills into the practice environment.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Nursing students, Acute care, Clinical skills, Nurse education|
|Subjects:||Social Sciences > Education|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care|
|Deposited By:||Mrs Lesley Nickless LEFT|
|Deposited On:||31 Jul 2011 12:58|
|Last Modified:||07 Mar 2013 15:47|
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