Oral Themed Presentation
State the overall Goal or Outcome : Participants will have a better understanding of how multi-patient simulation experience can improve participant situational awareness and work flow prioritization. Furthermore, they will understand the complexities of designing a multi-patient simulation and have the opportunity to begin curriculum construction of their own multi-patient simulation.
Intended Audience : Simulation Administration; Nursing, Allied Health, and Physician Educators, Simulation Operations Specialist
Relevance to the Conference : Many errors in healthcare are made due to a lack of situational awareness and new provider struggles with prioritization. There has been significant literature showing the existence of a clinical reasoning and prioritization practice gaps for new nurses1-5. In the past simulation has been utilized to develop situational awareness with regard to a patient resuscitation. However, in actual clinical practice it is unusual for an acute care team to be working with only one patient at a time. Therefore, it is important that our learners develop skills on prioritization of workflow and patients as well as a larger sense of situational awareness with regards to a full patient load. This can be accomplished through the utilization of multi-patient simulation experience. This becomes a challenge as educators must adequately prepare, educate, and facilitate new healthcare providers’ transition to practice, while meeting the demands of a hospital system5. We plan to present two different multi-patient simulations which have been implemented for newly hired nurses before completion of orientation and incoming pediatric interns prior to starting on the wards. We then hope to guide workshop participants in developing their own multi-patient simulation for use at their simulation center.
We believe this topic is uniquely appropriate for IPSSW because to our knowledge this is an innovative curriculum format for hospital based simulation centers. Furthermore this curriculum type, shows promise in improving the quality and safety of patient care especially care provided by novice healthcare providers.