Researchers test simulation-based learning 

A couple of nurse students is practicing real-life situations.
A couple of nurse students is practicing real-life situations. The practise is a part of a model tested at VIA in Randers where eleven educators and 6 students spent 4 days going through various teaching situations at VIAs advanced skills lab.
As part of Nestled, a European research project led by VIA University College, a group of nurse educators tested the use of simulation-based learning  

Nursing schools everywhere increasingly use technology to teach aspiring nurses how to treat patients. However, the use of computerized “patients”, real-time skills training and other advanced techniques, places strong demands on educators. 

Not only do they need to be able to use the available technology. When teaching students in simulation labs, educators also have to structure and facilitate “real-life” situations and group dynamics - as well as organize debriefings. 

“Using simulation can be challenging. The situations created in the lab often become emotional for students. The teacher has to provide emotional support and help students feel safe despite being surrounded by equipment and under pressure to act. It’s very different from teaching in a normal classroom,” explains project manager Rikke Buus Bøje, Senior Lecturer at VIA University College. 

Testing a European model

Nestled, a development project funded by the EU, aims to develop and test the transferability of a European model for training nurse educators in using simulation. The goal is to help nurse educators around Europe deliver qualified simulation-based teaching. 

In August, the model was tested at VIA in Randers. Eleven educators and 6 students spent 4 days going through various teaching situations at VIAs advanced skills lab. Educators went through a variety of simulated situations, where students had to use their nursing skills in the lab. 

Educators want to increase their skills

“An important part of our test was the debriefing and discussion that followed the teaching situations. Though many educators at VIA use the skills lab, they express a great interest in increasing their teaching skills in this area,” says Rikke Buus Bøje. 

Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, Andrew Sutton, as well as Senior Lecturer at VIA University College, Tina Hartvigsen were also responsible for carrying out the pilot. The University of Huddersfield is one of 3 international project partners. 

Several of the 11 educators, who participated in the pilot, said they felt better prepared to teach students in the lab after going through the programme and discussions. 

Continuing education to be offered in 2015

The next step is to evaluate the pilot. The evaluation – in addition to other qualitative data - will be used to refine the content of the 7-8 week programme. The final programme will be offered as continuing education to nurse educators around Europe. 

“Our goal is to start offering the module in partner countries in the Spring of 2015. Later, it will be rolled out in other European countries,” Rikke Buus Bøje says. 

She expects the programme to be registered for 10 ECTS. In addition to VIA University College and the University of Huddersfield, project partners are Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland and Tallinn Health Care College, Estonia. 

Read more about Nestled 

Contact Rikke Buus Bøje Senior Lecturer VIA University College
T: +45 8755 2178
E: ribs@via.dk

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