Nursing and medical staff’s experiences of simulation education

Mari Helena Salminen-Tuomaala, Pasi Jaskari, Sami Perälä, Christina Rouvala


Objective: The purpose of the research was to describe nursing and medical staff’s knowledge of simulated learning and their experiences of the usefulness of simulation education in one hospital district in Finland. The research aimed at producing user-oriented knowledge to be used in the development of multiprofessional simulation pedagogical continuing education. The study is part of a larger research project, whose purpose is to build up a multiprofessional simulated learning environment for a network of partners. They involve a university of applied sciences, a vocational education center, a health technology development center and a hospital district.
Methods: Data were collected using aWeb-based survey tool between December 1, 2016 and January 13, 2017. The questionnaire contained both quantitative (n = 24) and qualitative (n = 3) items. This article deals with quantitative data only. Data was analyzed using SPSS Statistics for Windows 23. The response rate was 28% (n = 125).
Results: Both nursing and medical staff found that simulation education had been useful for the development of their theoretical and practical competence. Some statistically significant differences were discovered between various age and professional groups.
Conclusions: As a conclusion, nursing and medical staff in this hospital district need more information about simulation education and simulated learning environments. The knowledge produced in this study can be used in planning multiprofessional simulation pedagogical continuing education. Simulation pedagogy can be especially useful when practicing teamwork and interaction in acute, recurring and infrequent care situations.

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Clinical Nursing Studies
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