Interactive emulator system to aid clinical practice outcomes for nurses

Bowtell, Les ORCID: and Kist, Alexander A. ORCID: and Osbourne, Daniel and Parker, Victoria R. (2013) Interactive emulator system to aid clinical practice outcomes for nurses. International Journal of Online Engineering, 9 (S5). pp. 32-37. ISSN 1868-1646

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Clinical practice is a key element of nursing studies programmes. Amongst its aims are familiarisation with medical equipment, appropriate use of clinical reasoning in a ward setting and calculation and delivery of patient medication fluids requirements. The setting for this is typically a simulated ward environment and is structured around group training. While this is cost effective, it does not cater well for minority groups and those wishing to train at their own pace. A number of group dynamic related social issues can also lead to students dominating others within the session. This can result in less than satisfactory learning outcomes for the remainder of the group. Other factors that come into play are the wide age range, social and ethnic backgrounds of the nursing student cohort. Recent Remote Access Nursing Laboratory work has shown a marked improvement in residential school assessment results in areas such as readiness to practice and clinical reasoning levels demonstrated for those students in the trial nursing RAL project. With the aim of further enhancing the effectiveness and at the same time reducing implementation costs an interactive IV pump emulator was developed. Enhancements included guided introductions, provision of additional scaffolding and inbuilt annotated assessments. This paper discusses the techniques used and general implementation of this system and reports on positive results of the conducted trials.

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Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. This article is an extended and modified version of a paper presented at the EDUCON2013 conference held in Berlin, Germany from March 13-15, 2013. Terms of use:
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2013 02:51
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2014 04:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: automation; clinical practice; emulation; nursing; remote access laboratories
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390308 Technical, further and workplace education
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
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