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Embargo Period

3-27-2011

Degree Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Degree Track

Public Health Nurse Leader

Year Degree Awarded

2010

Month Degree Awarded

May

Keywords

Education, Simulation, Nursing, Teamwork, Communication

Advisor Name

Jean

Advisor Middle Initial

E

Advisor Last Name

DeMartinis

Capstone Chair Name

Jeungok

Choi

Capstone Member Name

Genevieve

Chandler

Capstone Outside Member Name

Janet

Tracy

Abstract

Simulation has become a common teaching method for healthcare providers, including nursing students. Until recently, the focus of simulation for nursing students has been on clinical skills. This study used a compilation survey to determine if knowledge and attitude scores improved in the bachelor degree nursing student after exposure to a simulation-based teamwork and communication training. Participants were 51 students from the senior leadership course of a bachelor’s degree in nursing program at a university in New Jersey. Control participants received normal clinical rotations with faculty led discussions, and intervention participants received a 4-hour simulation, focused on teamwork and communication. Intervention participants showed a significant difference in scores on one of five composite scores, demonstrating that simulation may be useful in improving knowledge of teamwork and communication related to teamwork and communication, but may not improve attitudes of nursing students related to teamwork and communication.

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