... Nurses have long been using training through simulation for procedures such as inserting a catheter or tube, and studies have shown that this type of practice reduces infections.
However, nurses today care for increasingly complex patients, in increasingly demanding environments. Simulation is critical for training in new skills; developing experiences with rare events, and maintaining and expanding competence throughout one’s career.
... I see three main areas of benefit from simulated nurse training and education. The first is attaining competency in technical skills. The second has to do with integrating cognitive and psychosocial skills into patient care. The third is enhancing team communication skills in a clinical environment ...
... Over the next five to ten years, I anticipate that simulation will become a critical part of the entire spectrum of a nurse’s career and quality simulation training will become a public demand. Learning through simulation will have a dramatic impact on improving individual, team and systems performance for the ultimate goal of patient safety.
Christine Park, M.D.