Multiple Patient Simulation: The Development of a Template
Kramasz, Vanessa C.
Morgan, Patricia V.
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There is a growing need for effective teaching strategies to help new graduate nurses transition into the workplace. Research has shown a gap in the transition from education to practice. This highlights the importance of relevant experience when teaching nursing students how to provide safe and effective care. Educating nursing students to safely care for multiple patients has become an important but challenging focus for nurse educators. New graduate nurses are expected to manage care for multiple patients in a complex and multi-faceted health care system. With patient safety as a priority, multiple-patient assignments are necessary in order for nursing students to learn how to effectively prioritize and delegate care. While there is a growing body of nursing education research focused on simulation, there is a paucity of literature published on the use of multiple patient simulations. The purpose of this project was the construction of an adaptable and flexible template for the development of multiple-patient simulations. The project began with a search of the evidence for information on multiple-patient simulations and informed by data regarding nursing graduates from the National Nurse Executive Center. Through discussion with experts in education and practice, it was determined that a three patient scenario represents the expectations of service upon new graduate entry into practice. Our goal is that the template could be used in a variety of clinical settings to create realistic and effective simulations to enhance student learning.