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The nursing field has shifted drastically over the past few decades. New nurses are expected to have graduated with a specific skill set that emphasizes diagnosis and assessment, safe patient-centered care, and adaptability in the workplace.
A generation ago, nurses acted as caretakers for the healthcare team and completed tasks assigned by physicians. Today, nurses must balance an emphasis on compassion with strong decision-making skills and leadership skills. And, they do this while upholding a strong advocacy for the patient’s best interests and working to prevent patient harm.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has recognized 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse” in celebration of the robust contributions that nurses make in healthcare. During Nurses Week, Laerdal would like to join in the celebration and thank all nurses, past and present, for making nursing the profession that it is today.
Clinical simulation used to be synonymous with “task training.” Now, simulation is about creating a real-life rehearsal in an environment where task training is only one small part. Nursing has settled into a new norm. In this article, we discuss how nursing has changed in the past 25 years, and how increasing your simulation fidelity can help you impart the necessary skills in today’s nursing environment.
The relationship between a patient and healthcare provider can determine whether the patient will have a positive experience, the decisions he or she will make, and the overall treatment outcomes. Medical simulation can be used to train healthcare providers in the appropriate interpersonal and communication skills to shape a positive patient relationship.
In this article, we share five of the most important questions to ask when debriefing in nursing education. Using these questions as a guide for your organization, you can ensure that your learners are reaping the full benefit of simulation training.