Constructing Maternal-Child Learning Experiences Using Clinical Simulations


Pamela R. Jeffries, DNS, RN, FAAN, ANEF, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, 525 North Wolfe Street, Room 465, Baltimore, Maryland 21205-2110.


Clinical simulations are gaining more attention in the field of maternal-child health and allow nursing programs and service organizations to assess competency of students and staff in key patient safety situations. Nursing and midwifery programs, orientations, and yearly reaccreditation modules commonly include simulation on postpartum hemorrhage, placenta abruption, shoulder distocia, and other high-risk, low-incidence emergency events. This article describes the use of simulations by educators and managers as teaching or professional development strategies.