2022 Looking Forward: What to Expect in Nursing Education
A summary of what we're seeing - plus some guidance to help
A summary of what we're seeing - plus some guidance to help
The global nursing shortage was a well recognised issue prior to the pandemic. In 2020, the first State of the World’s Nursing (SOWN) report, published by the World Health Organization (WHO), revealed the global nursing workforce was at 27.9 million and estimated there was a global shortfall of 5.9 million nurses1.
Evidence showed that 89% of these nurse shortages were concentrated in low- and lower middle countries, with huge gaps in countries in the African, South-East Asia and Eastern Mediterranean WHO regions. With the ageing of the nursing workforce, 17% of nurses globally are expected to retire within in the next ten years, and 4.7 million additional nurses will need to be educated and employed just to maintain current workforce numbers, let alone address the shortages. In total, 10.6 million additional nurses will be needed by 2030.
The pandemic has magnified and exacerbated the global nursing shortage issues and obviously increased risks to the health workforce, including occupational infections, stress and burnout from months of caring for COVID-19 patients. In some countries, nurses have in addition faced physical violence and psychosocial stigma.
Looking ahead, more nursing programs are turning to simulation to help them do more with less so they can continue to meet an urgent need. Below, we share how simulation in nursing education is playing a role in helping schools produce practice-ready nurses in 2022.
With the pandemic still ongoing, clinical experiences may continue to be limited due to COVID-19 patients, overwhelmed nurses, and other issues.2
With all the uncertainties surrounding the future of the pandemic, many nursing programs are growing their simulation programs to provide a safety net from the scarcity of clinical site opportunities. And, educators are increasingly realizing the value of the nursing simulation lab in creating a risk-free hands-on learning environment.
If one of your many worries is having enough clinical time for your students, you may want to consider growing your simulation program to provide assurance that hands-on opportunities are consistently available.
First and foremost, find out your Nursing Regulatory Body (NRB)’s education requirements for use of simulation in your state. Then, consider investing in a simulator that is often used for replacing clinical time in nursing programs.
Nursing Anne Simulator is a common choice for covering core nursing skills, and its modularity allows it to simulate a variety of patients.
New data suggests that rates of preparedness in new nurse graduates are declining.
There is a need for efficient processes that ensure consistent, quality learning experiences, while identifying and addressing learning improvement needs early.
When considering the difference that an efficient process can make, think about a totally different industry, manufacturing. Manufacturers must ensure that every unit they produce is of consistent quality, with minimal wasted time or effort in the process. To accomplish this, many of these companies use data-driven process improvement and quality control approaches. These approaches involve measuring and analyzing data to uncover causes of variation and poor performance so that they can be improved. The healthcare field sometimes uses similar processes to identify and eliminate the causes of medical errors and to mitigate variability in care.5
When paired with careful measurement and assessment of performance data, simulation can help create a similar level of efficiency. Simulations ensure that each student gets the same quality consistent experience. Performance data insights can help uncover individual or cohort-level issues early so they can be ironed out immediately. The result? An efficient “manufacturing” process that churns out confident, prepared future nurses.
If you're interested in increasing efficiency in your simulation program, the SimCapture simulation learning management system can help make it possible by facilitating the management, recording, and assessment of your simulation training. Easy-to-use reports and statistics on performance can help track usage, KPIs, and learning outcomes. This will make it easier for you to make informed decisions and increase you organization's simulation return on investment.
The ongoing adoption of technology in nursing education was accelerated by the pandemic as programs shifted rapidly to new and innovative ways of teaching. This situation illustrated the power of using simulation in various forms to strengthen clinical skills.
Looking ahead, many programs plan to continue embracing simulation and other technologies to facilitate both in-person and online learning. In a 2020 survey on future technology trends in nursing education, responses from 450 nursing administrators, faculty, and deans found that 39% plan to offer more online courses post-pandemic.6 48% of respondents intend to invest more in virtual simulation in the next 2 years, while 34% plan to invest more in high-fidelity manikins.7
With more programs increasingly using multiple forms of simulation, some simulation centers are implementing approaches to help organize and align their simulation activities with learning pathways. The SimZones framework is one such approach. Originally developed for the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulation Program, SimZones is a system for matching simulation delivery methods to specific learning needs.8 It separates simulation activities into four zones, with the learning goals increasing in complexity as students progress through each zone.
The first zone involves independent auto-feedback exercises, often using virtual simulation, while the next zone covers hands-on foundational clinical skills. Students then move on to acute situational simulations, followed by team and system development simulations. In the final zone, students practice in real patient care settings. This phased simulation learning journey allows students to “walk before they run” and build upon what they’ve learned before reaching a real patient.
Laerdal has created its own modified framework for organizing the learning progression with our Circle of Learning. This systematic approach to healthcare training shows the phases of learning required to develop confidence and competence to effectively treat patients.
Efficiency will be key to building for better outcomes in 2022. Consider using the Circle of Learning to help you identify and address any missing pieces that might exist in your program. You may want to look for options that can also help you deal with other issues like shortages in space, faculty, or clinical time. Here are a few of our predictions for how our clients will be using simulation to address some of the segments within the Circle of Learning in 2022:
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