Date of Paper/Work

5-2012

Type of Paper/Work

Scholarly project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing

Department

Nursing

Advisor(s)

Kathleen Kalb

Abstract

Many articles have discussed benefits of using simulation as an adjunct for learning in acute care settings. Team training combined with simulation can enhance learning and improve communication in perinatal settings. This paper identifies perinatal team training combined with simulation and how this dual methodology has been proven to promote effective communication within the interdisciplinary team. This enhancement in communication of the interdisciplinary team has resulted in a direct increase in perinatal outcomes. Despite this knowledge, significant barriers exist toward implementing perinatal team training combined with simulation as a continuing education strategy in nursing education. The barriers hindering this teaching strategy are discussed and explored. The paper also summarizes recommendations to address this educational challenge in the context of continuing education.

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