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Developing Healthcare Skills through Simulation

Developing Healthcare Skills through Simulation

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April 2012 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Practice educators and mentors are now expected to have the skills and techniques needed to implement a 'learning skills through simulation' program into established curricula, yet using simulation to teach – while of huge importance - requires careful and time-consuming planning. This valuable resource takes away some of that burden by providing clear, ready-made activities and guidance from leading practitioners in a range of fields, which healthcare and practice educators and mentors can use to enhance their teaching of all the essential and commonly-taught clinical and management skills and knowledge.

Dedicated chapters, which all follow a defined step-by-step format, provide simulation scenarios, alongside facilitator guidance, which will help develop confidence in the teaching of key skills such as:

  • Drug administration
  • Conflict management
  • Infection control
  • Breaking bad news
  • Catheter and bowel care

These scenarios and accompanying guidance can be used as a framework for teaching, promoting a greater understanding of the skill being taught, and providing a risk-free opportunity for the student to practice their clinical and managerial skills and judgment.

Stephen Wanless and Matthew Aldridge
Introduction: Background to the Importance of Essential Nursing Skills
Matthew Aldridge
Defining and Exploring Clinical Skills and Simulation-Based Education
Andrew Grindrod
Patient Assessment
ABCDE approach to Patient Assessment/ MEWS

Chris Jones
Blood Pressure, Pulse/ Heart rate, Temperature and Neurological Assessment

Meriel Hawker
Pain Assessment
Paul Knott
Acting in Emergencies
BLS and Summoning Assistance

Barry Ricketts
Personal Hygiene
Bed Bath and Oral Care

Alison Eddleson
Urinalysis, Bowel Care and Catheter Care

Kim Harley and Helen Holder
Feeding a patient, Fluid Balance and Nasogastric feeding

Mandy Reynolds
Infection Prevention
Aseptic Non-Touch Technique, Hand washing, Disposal of Sharps and Disposal of Waste

Matthew Aldridge
Medicines Management
Injection Technique - S/C,IM Drug Calculations, Oral Drug Administration and Storage of Medicines

Catherine Easthope, Philip Jevon & Steven Webb
Respiratory Care
O² Therapy, Respiratory Rate Measurement, Pulse Oximetry, Sputum Collection and Inhaled Medication

Simon Steeves
Dealing with Mental Health Emergencies
Steve Wanless
Principles of Patient Handling
Stephen Wanless
Managing Conflict in Healthcare
Robert Mapp
Drug Administration Errors
Katie Holmes and Nathalie Turville
Interview Techniques
Paul Turner
Breaking Bad News / Dealing with Difficult Conversations
Tim Badger
Incident Reporting
Lisa Lawton
Discharge Planning
Bernie St Aubyn and Amanda Andrews

'This book provides an essential resource for educators of clinical skills who want to utilise simulation based education to provide optimal learning opportunities for their students.'

Andrew Bland, University of Huddersfield

'In this book, a team of experienced authors have put together a much needed text that takes an evidence-based, practical approach to skills development.'

Lauren Mawson, University of Cumbria

'A really exciting new text.'

Sarah Burden, Leeds Metropolitan University

This is more aimed at general skills .

Miss Carol Reid
scho, Brighton University
June 5, 2013

Found this to be useful when planning simulation activities for students. Is probably more suited to lecturers as gives some

Mr Andrew Southgate
Adult Nursing Department, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 17, 2012

excellent in supporting staff to develop knowledge and skills in implementing simulation into course programmes.

Mrs Marina Kendrick
School of Health (Burton), Wolverhampton University
November 9, 2012

Very useful text and we will be reccomending this text

Miss Ann Marie Rice
Division of Nursing and Health Care, Glasgow University
September 8, 2012

An introductory guide to teaching clinical skills in the health professions. Potentially a useful resource for new academics and practice educators charged with designing learning experiences centred on the core skills of healthcare professionals.

Ms Anne Marie Langan
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
July 31, 2012

Text clearly demonstrates a broad range of key skills with evidence and rationale to support. It also incorporates useful guidance on how to teach the skill. I have put this as supplemental as the focus is adult rather than paediatrics which would be more relevant to my modules although most of the sections are easily transferable.

Miss Brenda Harris
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
July 2, 2012

We currently run simulations on each day of our skills modules so it is always useful to compare our teaching to others. This text provided some helpful ideas for us to continue to build on in our scenarios. Although not aimed at paediatrics we have adapted some sections for our own use. The text will be used as a resouorce for lecturers rather than students.

Ms Janet Kelsey
faculty of health education & society, University of Plymouth
May 23, 2012

An exceptional book for teachers

Mrs Debbie Shepherd
Health, Care and Education, Knowsley Community College
May 14, 2012

I liked the chapters of this book and feel that it covers some dynamic areas of simulation which would be useful.
It would be of most valuable to lecturers who are responsible for teaching simulation this is the reason i have not recommended it to my students. I however will be using it frequently as i teach skills on a regular basis.

Mrs Tracy Kilbourn
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
May 2, 2012

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