The School of Nursing & Midwifery (SNM) at the University of Tasmania is a large multi-campus school and it is leading the way with a number of initiatives in the undergraduate education of nurses. The recent establishment of a state-of-the-art Simulation centre at its Launceston campus with satellite units in Hobart and Sydney, has increased the SNMs low, medium and high-fidelity simulation capabilities and support the integration of this teaching method throughout the BN curriculum. Simulation is now an integral component in the preparation of all SNM undergraduate students for clinical practice and the SNM is actively engaged in national and international simulation initiatives.
The use of simulation as a promising teaching strategy in health science is increasing nationally and internationally. Its anticipated contribution, while originally based on the success of simulation based learning in the aviation industry is now supported by a growing level of evidence from its application in health care. Simulation is argued to increase students’ levels of autonomy, clinical decision making skills and self-confidence in real-world practice. Simulation has also been found to strengthen students’ motivation and ability to identify and address their learning needs. While the available evidence is growing and supports simulation in health professional education there is an outstanding opportunity to contribute to this dynamic and developing field.
The aim of this study will be to contribute to the field of undergraduate health professional education through an exploration of the impact of various forms and applications of simulation on student learning, their achievement of competence and professional identity development.
|Contact:||Assoc. Prof. Rosalind Bull
|Phone:||03 6324 3423|
Authorised by the Dean of Graduate Research
3 October, 2009