Evaluating Impact of Repeated Exposure to High Fidelity Simulation: Skills Acquisition and Stress Levels in Postgraduate Critical Care Nursing Students

Joannet Hardenberg, Indrajeetsinh Rana, Kathleen Tori

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Abstract

Background: Unfamiliarity with skills and environment is an important contributor to occupational stress for critical care nurses. Simulation is an effective pedagogy for the development of clinical proficiency. Hence, it is important to research the impact of simulation exposure on both skills enhancement and stress levels. Method: Participants were postgraduate intensive care nursing students. Data on clinical performance and participant stress levels (average heart rate) were collected during repeated high-fidelity simulation exposures. Results: Repeated exposures indicated that skills were enhanced in the category primary assessment and consultation with doctor. The average heart rate was elevated during each simulation exposure. Repeated exposures did not attenuate participant stress levels. Conclusion: Enhanced skills and familiarity with the environment do not necessarily reduce stress levels during simulated high-acuity scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-102
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
Volume48
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • clinical skills
  • heart rate
  • high fidelity simulation
  • intensive care
  • occupational stress
  • simulation hurdle

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