Incorporating Simulation in Obstetrical Nursing Orientation

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Scholarly project

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Master of Arts in Nursing




Roberta Hunt


Obstetrical nursing orientation relies on experienced nurses training novice nurses. As an increasing number of the baby boomer generation begins to retire concerns are growing about how to effectively and objectively educate the influx of novice nurses. Simulation training is widely accepted as a means of education not only within the medical and nursing communities but in other areas of high risk care. The benefits of using simulation in teaching range from skill and procedure development to enhanced critical thinking skills. This paper explores the need to revise the orientation curriculum for obstetrical nurses. A literature review of successful simulation based education programs, the research surrounding the educational benefits of simulation and ways of developing simulation programs is presented as it related to orientation for obstetrical nurses. Recent social, economic, and legislative changes not only call for quick and effective training strategies for new nurses but also highlight the need to discover new ways to ensure clinical competence of all nurses.


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