206 - Unlocking the Potential of Simulation Through an Escape Room Format
Description: The Escape Room format leverages innovative education methods and simulation to reinforce learning of essential concepts in the operating room. The escape room format provides a unique method to promote teamwork, clinical reasoning, and evaluate clinical practice. The escape room also create opportunities to debrief clinical practice issues in a safe and controlled environment. A project team consisting of the nurse manager and assoociate nurse managers, educator, and clincal expert identified practice issues related to the counting process. Based on the identified issues, puzzle-like scenarios were built around real practice experience. Each "puzzle" reinforced best practice and provided a key that would facilitate the escape from the room. The Escape Room was trialed on the Operating Room leadership team prior to implementation in the nurse residency program. The outcome is an innovative approach to reinforce learning, expanding clinical skills, improve teamwork, and evaluate practice.