Utilization of Simulation Based Training for Annual Competency Day for Labor and Delivery RNs
Article first published online: 14 JUN 2012
© 2012 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Special Issue: 2012 Convention Proceedings
Volume 41, Issue s1, pages S109–S110, June 2012
How to Cite
Crafts, S., Pollard, T. and Stabile, B. B. (2012), Utilization of Simulation Based Training for Annual Competency Day for Labor and Delivery RNs. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 41: S109–S110. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01361_84.x
- Issue published online: 14 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 14 JUN 2012
- psychological safety;
- obstetric emergencies;
Purpose for the Program
To provide opportunities to safely practice specialized care and behaviors for infrequent but potentially catastrophic obstetric problems requiring emergency attention. By using simulated scenarios as part of our annual competencies our goal was to provoke each learner to demonstrate nursing assessment, medical knowledge, technical skill, and teamwork behavior.
To challenge our nursing staff and allow them to make mistakes in an environment that is safe and supportive with no real harm to patients. Discover performance and knowledge gaps, focus education, and increase confidence in managing emergent situations.
Implementation, Outcomes, and Evaluation
The first two groups of nurses completed the competency day and simulations in September of 2011. The nurses were actively engaged in their learning and were willing participants in the scenarios. Staff were asked to complete an evaluation after the program and these will be reviewed after each competency date as well as after all staff have completed the simulations. The leaders will meet after each date to review and debrief regarding what went well and what can be improved. The multidisciplinary participation was invaluable. The goal is to further explore ways in which we can have these simulations be truly multidisciplinary, with each discipline meeting their learning objectives.
Implications for Nursing Practice
This is a safer way for staff to practice their assessment and technical skills and teamwork behaviors. We hope that by practicing in this safe environment, our care will be safer for the patient, and the staff will feel more competent and confident in their skills. We also identified gaps in knowledge regarding some systems that the leadership team will address in the coming months (e.g., how to get certain infrequently used items from the main operating room).