Faculty Research at Morehead State University


Clinical Simulation for Practicing Labor and Delivery Nurses: Advancing Competency though Simulated Nursing Practice

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Nurses new to Maternal-Child units in hospital organizations need reality based in-service education in new employee orientation. Experienced nurses must have current, cutting edge staff development sessions that replicate practice scenarios to facilitate currency in practice. Annual clinical skills reaffirmation and new employee orientation commonly include clinical simulation activities that enhance critical thinking, assess clinical competency and reduce the potential for errors in practice. Practice repetition in the Education Department lab setting is a protected area to learn and refine clinical care skills and procedures. Case scenarios through use of clinical simulation are posed to provide current practice initiatives that enhance the nurses’ ability to provide safe, competent patient care.