Simulation Research

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BSN Capstone Project
by Jeananne Reed - Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 11:11 AM

I am a novice in the world of simulation. I graduated ADN in 1995 and we had no internet.

I am very interested in pursing a career in this field as I graduate with BSN in five weeks. I am trying to create a PICOT statement pertaining to simulation issues, problems, solutions, etc. for my final capstone project.

I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions of issues. When I searched in my university data base I came back with 188 articles .... very overwhelming....some problems were financing, getting administration on board, too large of classes, no debriefing, students becoming confused, and getting faculty on board....scheduling classes, and the list goes on...

But since you guys are the experts, I would like to hear what bothers you...


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Re: BSN Capstone Project
by Susan Ramnarine-Singh - Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 11:35 AM

Hi Jeananne,

As adult learners one issue that pops up in the literature is helping faculty and students whom have little simulation experience accept the use of simulation as a valid training tool. Faculty and students alike need some type of orientation structure to help them understand what the goals and objectives are that will be used to guide the evaluation process, using a performance checkoff list that is built around standards of nursing practice. There is a need to have hands on experience with the tools that will be used i.e. manikins, task trainers, computer software, and case scenarios. I have used many of the ideas and tools off of the NLN SIRC site. I hear the courses offered are helpful too. Hope this helps.

Susan Ramnarine-Singh, MSN, MPA, CNOR, MAJ/ANC (R)
Professor of Nursing, Simulation Coordinator
Central Texas College of Nursing
P.O. Box 1800, Bldg 155
Killeen, TX 76540-1800
Phone 254-526-1986
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Re: BSN Capstone Project
by vickie valenziano - Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 1:08 PM
Jeananne, yes there are a lot of components to simulation. In my experience, because each program incorporates simulation differently, each program will have different challenges. Whatever idea sounds interesting to you is the one to chose. Many of the BSN and MSN students we work with in our ADN program chose an issue that we, as faculty, would like solutions to and then present their findings to us. You might want to connect with a local simulation program. By consulting with faculty it will help you to narrow the problem.

The two I would have liked to have more information on when I was setting up programs were 1) orienting students to the simulation process and manikins and 2) incorporating simulation into the schedule (using clinical time vs class time vs lab time). There is more information on both of these topics now so it should help with your research.

Good luck! And please share your findings with us.

Vickie Vaenziano
Simuation Lab Coordinator
Cuesta College
San Luis Obispo, California