Improving clinical practice outcomes for nurses with an interactive emulator

Bowtell, Les and Kist, Alexander A. and Osbourne, Daniel and Parker, Victoria (2013) Improving clinical practice outcomes for nurses with an interactive emulator. In: 2013 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), 13-15 Mar 2013, Berlin, Germany.

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Historically, nursing students have shown great
difficulty in mastering equipment during clinical practice
sessions. A typical example is the Intravenous (IV) pump infusion
driver. Traditional training methods have relied upon on-campus
practical group training sessions. Recent work in this area has
demonstrated that Remote Access Laboratories (RAL) can be
employed to enhance nursing education by providing access to an
IV pump driver learning activity. The prototype closely
mimicked the interface and audible feedback of a commonly used
IV pump driver; and controlled a peristaltic pump to deliver the
prescribed rates and volumes. This project takes this approach a
step further and investigates a completely emulated interface in
the same RAL environment. The aim is to target five problem
areas that were previously identified. These include the screen
navigation and data entry of the IV pump driver; and the correct
calculation and entry of medication volumes and rates from a
standard fluid chart. To address these issues the learning
environment was modified to include a guided learning mode,
integrated scaffolding resources and facility of self-assessment.
This paper discusses implementation and results of a pilot study
to evaluate the effectiveness of this approach. Initial results are
promising and show a distinct improvement in the practical
capability of those students who participated in the trial.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted Version deposited.Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. Copyright © 2013 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Inc. All rights reserved.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2014 23:31
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2014 04:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: remote access laboratories, nursing, emulation
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1109/EduCon.2013.6530246

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