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Dissertation Topics
by Cindy Neely - Thursday, June 12, 2008, 9:50 PM
 

I am approaching my 2nd year of doctorial school. I am very excited about this new website and all it will offer someone like me. Knowing that this is available is just going to help aid in my path toward the completion of my doctorate degree.

Any advise or suggestions on what types of topics need to be researched would be greatly appreciated. I continuly read the literature as it becomes available.

I truly am looking forward to contributing to world of nursing education with simulation.

Thanks in advance and Great WebSite...

Cindy Neely

 
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Re: Dissertation Topics
by Edward Rovera - Friday, June 13, 2008, 9:52 PM
 

Another simulation resource site is the  Simulation User Network (SUN) at Laerdal.  The postings are obviously geared toward Laerdal equipment but you still can gain a lot of information.

Maybe we should start building an annotated bibliography of simulation resource sites....

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Re: Dissertation Topics
by Patricia (Patty) Ravert - Saturday, June 14, 2008, 10:04 AM
 
You mentioned an annotated bibliography---check the one out on this site...link on the lower left side.
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Re: Dissertation Topics
by Patricia (Patty) Ravert - Saturday, June 14, 2008, 10:03 AM
 
There are several opportunities to work with NLN for dissertation work...there are a variety of research projects that can be done associated with this new site (SIRC). Contact Mary Ann Rizzolo at NLN.
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Re: Dissertation Topics
by Suzie Kardong-Edgren - Monday, June 23, 2008, 3:26 PM
 
There is a real need for qualitative research in simulation from both the student and faculty side, for those of you who do qualitative research. I have found one article on qualitative findigns and seen one abstract from a conference on qualitative findings. Just food for thought.
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Re: Dissertation Topics
by Jean Yockey - Thursday, August 28, 2008, 8:30 PM
 
Would you have the reference for the article handy? Is anyone aware of tools for faculty evaluation of simulation activities?
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Evaluation and Simulation
by Susan Prion - Friday, August 29, 2008, 4:14 PM
 
There will be an article in next month's Clinical Simulation in Nursing journal about evaluating simulation experiences. It's a practical model that looks at a variety of data points to offer fairly comprehensive feedback about the effectiveness of simulation activities from both the student and faculty member's perspective. Also, the faculty development module about Evaluating Simulations will be available at the end of September and provides a variety of strategies and tools for faculty evaluation of simulation activities. I'm hopeful that both of these resources might help you think about assessment and evaluation, such an important part of the simulation experience!
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Re: Evaluation and Simulation
by Jean Yockey - Friday, August 29, 2008, 6:24 PM
 
Thanks for the response! I look forward to the upcoming resources. Jean
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Re: Dissertation Topics
by Suzie Kardong-Edgren - Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 9:16 PM
 
Stay tuned to the next round of SIRC courses coming out. We are working on a grid listing much of the reseach to date, the evaluation tools used, reliability and validity if reoprted, and what the findings were. This particular course will be an advanced version of Susan Prion's evaluation course.  
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Re: Dissertation Topics
by Suzie Kardong-Edgren - Monday, June 23, 2008, 3:29 PM
 
Just attended the European Society for Simulation conference and they are really concentrating on the socio-cultural aspects of simulation across Europe. Socio-cultural as between healthcare team members and communication, etc. as well as different cultural groups being taken care of by health care. They are ahead of us in this respect!
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Re: Dissertation Topics
by Michelle Kelly - Wednesday, July 2, 2008, 4:55 PM
 
In Australia, the focus of evaluation and research is more so at present looking at non-technical skills particularly communication - linked with patient safety and sentinel events. Some medical groups are using a version of SBAR (ISBAR) to assist medical students prepare for a phone consultation with a consultant. Similarly, nursing students could easily used this guide to prepare for phone consultation with a doctor. One such example of qualitative design.
Michelle
 
7/21/09 posted by Jane Paige

As a current nurse educator nearing completion of doctorate studies, I am hoping this list serve can help me “fine tune” my dissertation focus. A potential simulation research topic I am considering is the use of learning theories/frameworks to guide the design and evaluations of simulations. For example, do nurse educators start with a learning framework in mind as he/she creates a scenario or storyline or are these scenarios created based on incidental experience? Also, when pre-packaged simulations are purchased, do educators need to adapt or re-create these to match the learning frameworks that guide the instructional design (teaching strategy) and outcome (learning) that is desired? I am interested in others researching this topic and where the current state of educational evidence rest.


 
Jane,
This is also an area of great interest for me. As an educational psychologist, I am hopeful that my research can explicate the theoretical foundations of simulation and why it seems to be such an effective teaching/learning strategy. Dr. Shana Ruggenberg and I are currently finishing a manuscript entitled, "Cognitive Foundations of Clinical Simulation Practice" describing the relevance of analogical reasoning and situated cognition/cognitive apprenticeship models to the clinical simulation experience. Please contact me directly at prions@usfca.edu if you would like to discuss this in more depth.

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Re: Dissertation Topics
by lori anderson - Saturday, January 30, 2010, 1:06 PM
 
I am also in my second year of PhD school. I'm considering doing a qualitative study, but haven't narrowed down the topic yet (considering looking at students or hospital's perception of the effectiveness of HPS on graduates critical thinking). Any suggestions are appreciated!
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Re: Dissertation Topics
by John Stewart RN, MA - Saturday, January 30, 2010, 2:58 PM
 
I have a topic: comparing actual times to handwritten-record times in emergency scenarios. I think gathering the data would be fairly easy. It would be a quantitative study on a fairly hot topic, and I think it would be publishable in a journal, simulation or regular medical. E-mail me at jastewart2@comcast.net if you want to discuss this.

John Stewart RN, MA
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Re: Dissertation Topics
by Suzie Kardong-Edgren - Sunday, January 31, 2010, 2:08 PM
 
I am going to pesonally beg you to NOT look at student perceptions. (We do not need another study on student perceptions.)  Hospital perceptions would be interesting. May I suggest holding on, if you can, till this summer as the ISSIH is holding what is called an Utstein style conference on the state of the sciene in education and simulation, in Copenhagen in June. Many guiding papers abou trwhat is needed research wise, will come out of this, which will prvide fresh fodder for dissertation topics, with a close to complete let review by experts also being done, to get you started. You would thus be moving simulation science forward, rather than spinning your wheels.
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Re: Dissertation Topics
by John Stewart RN, MA - Sunday, January 31, 2010, 3:19 PM
 
I agree that surveys of student perceptions of simulation at this point have little value. It reminds me of several survey studies years ago when the AHA started pushing automated external defibrillators for in-hospital use, showing large majorities of the trainees rated the training as helpful, empowering, etc. Today most indications are that in-hospital AED training programs have had little or no effect on actual performance.

It seems to me that the biggest and most important challenge for clinical simulation research is to show an effect on actual clinical performance.
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Re: Dissertation Topics
by lori anderson - Sunday, January 31, 2010, 3:37 PM
 
I know what you mean! There is much written about students. I am not in a hurry just yet, so I will wait until after the conference. I'll have my state of the science course next fall, so the conference info might be good timing. Thank you so much for your idea!!!I am not one to re-invent the wheel. Lori
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Re: Dissertation Topics
by Susan Hall - Saturday, September 1, 2012, 8:58 AM
 
I completed my doctoral study this past June on high-fidelity simulation. The study focused on only traditional clinical alone on whether instruction using HFS in addition to traditional clinical practice improved practical learning, critical thinking skills, and NCLEX performance potential. My data indicated significant differences between the simulation students and the non-simulation students on Assement Technological Institute (ATI ) content scores
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Re: Dissertation Topics
by lori anderson - Sunday, January 31, 2010, 3:49 PM
 
By the way, what does ISSIH stand for? I can't find it on google. Thanks
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Re: Dissertation Topics
by Suzie Kardong-Edgren - Sunday, January 31, 2010, 6:31 PM
 

International Society for Simulation in Healthcare. They have a very nice website and active list serve, and you should know that if you join this organization, you also get a discount on the INACLS organization also (International Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning). 

 I neglected to also mention that there will be a second (follow on) state of the science conference next year the day before the IMSH meeting in New Orleans. I am understanding at this point that it will be open to observers. I would encourage all doctoral studens to make plans to attend this once in a lifetime oppprtunity to see the thought leaders gathered and discussing what is needed in simulation.