June 14, 2021By Lance Baily

Latest Clinical Simulation in Nursing Journal Highlights | June 2021

The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL)’s leading journal, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, often shares articles on the latest research in nursing simulation. Clinical Simulation in Nursing is an international, peer-reviewed journal published online monthly and includes topics such as: balancing a simulation center budget, individual vs. group debriefing comparisons, overcoming challenges in simulating mental health, innovations in simulated nursing, development of reliability testing sim tools, research awards and more.

This is the leading peer-reviewed research journal for simulation in nursing, and a must-read for simulation champions around the world. The journal is the official research publication of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL) and reflects the mission of INACSL: to advance the science of healthcare simulation.

Currently, Clinical Simulation in Nursing accepts manuscripts that include research articles and systematic reviews about simulation, innovative teaching/learning strategies using simulation, and leadership for simulation. Other articles reflect information on updated guidelines, regulations, and legislative policies that impact simulation. Simulation operations and real world (practice) and academic uses of simulation are highlighted as well.

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Using Self-debrief After a Virtual Simulation: The Process: Published by Margaret Verkuyl, MN, NP:PHC, Margaret `, MN, NP:PHC, Valorie MacKenna, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, and Oona St-Amant, PhD, RN, this research highlights how self-debriefing enhances self-awareness and reflective practice. According to the authors, self-debriefing provides an opportunity for immediate debrief post–simulation, which is especially important for learners who are completing virtual simulations individually, at their convenience. To do this well, nursing educators need to craft self-debrief guides thoughtfully and intentionally to ensure that learning opportunities are optimized. In this paper, they discuss the theoretical relevance for self-debriefing and provide recommendations for the process of creating and implementing self-debrief tools post-virtual simulation.

Development of a Computer Simulation-based, Interactive, Communication Education Program for Nursing Students: Published by Heeseung Choi, PhD, MPH, RN, Ujin Lee, RN, and Taekyun Gwon, RN, this article discusses the (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation) ADDIE model that was used to develop a computer simulation-based education program. The specific objectives of this study were to develop a computer simulation-based, interactive, communication education (ComEd) program, and to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of the program regarding nursing students’ communication knowledge, learning self-efficacy, communication efficacy, and learning satisfaction.

Expanding Clinical Education During a Time of Crisis: Innovative Virtual Simulation: Published by Mahrokh Kobeissi, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, Kala Christopherson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, Kelly Kearney, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, and Seema S. Aggarwal, PhD, APRN, AGNP-C this article highlights how virtual simulation is a platform that can be used to measure clinical competency. Nurse practitioner students have experienced restrictions on face-to-face clinical rotations to protect the health of students and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to clinical closures, graduate NP faculty created an innovative intraprofessional virtual simulation to supplement the loss of required clinical hours.

Prebriefing in Healthcare Simulation: A Concept Analysis: Published by Brittany A. Brennan, MSN, RN, CHSE, this article explains how prebriefing is an essential phase of simulation. The aim of this concept analysis was to update the definition of prebriefing and clarify prebriefing practices in healthcare simulation using Walker and Avant’s concept analysis method. Background and uses of the concept were explored. Two defining attributes of prebriefing were found: Activities that prepare participants for the logistics of simulation and activities that help participants understand the scenario and promote learning. Cases, antecedents, consequences, and empirical referents were used to clarify the concept. The results of the concept analysis propose an updated definition for prebriefing in healthcare simulation, which can be used in simulation education and research.

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Evaluation of Anxiety and Self-Confidence Among Baccalaureate Nursing Students Post Pandemic Simulation Exercise: Published by Subi Gandhi, PhD, MPH, Ryan Glaman, PhD, Jennifer Yeager, PhD, RN, APRN, and Misty Smith, DSW, LMSW-IPR this article shares how post-simulation exercise boosts participants’ self-confidence. This study explored clinical decision making (CDM) skills based on learners’ anxiety and self-confidence. This mixed-methods study used a 27-item self-administered questionnaire which assessed participants’ overall self-confidence and anxiety ratings on CDM pre- and post-simulation, as well as other three dimensions: “Using resources to gather information and listening fully,” “Using information to see the big picture,” and “Knowing and acting.”

The Use of Simulation to Enhance LGBTQ+ Care Competencies of Nursing Students: Published by Laura Pittiglio, PhD and Joshua Lidtke, RN, this article notes how the lack of culturally sensitive LGBTQ+ health education in nursing can result in poorer patient outcomes. A simulation experience using a narrative script and a high-fidelity manikin was incorporated into an undergraduate nursing course (N = 91). A simulation scenario designed to facilitate the delivery of healthcare to a transgender patient was piloted within the undergraduate curriculum. A pre-simulation and post-simulation survey served as the evaluation for this pilot program.

More About INACSL

INACSL has operationalized its mission by developing the first standards for simulation practice, INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation, Published in the Clinical Simulation in Nursing, INACSL’s monthly, electronic research journal, these freely accessible articles provide the industry with guidelines for creating and executing healthcare simulations. The Leadership of INACSL is deeply committed to meeting the needs of its membership. They thoughtfully examine all opportunities and options to ensure that all decisions benefit the members as well as align with the Mission and Vision of the organization.

The annual INACSL Conference is a leading forum for simulation aficionados, researchers, and vendors providing the ideal environment to gain and disseminate current, state-of-the-art knowledge in the areas of skills/simulation operations and applications in an evidenced-based venue. Healthcare professionals will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and exhibitors, discuss best practices related to competencies, safety and quality performance indicators, and advance the science of simulation.

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