August 10, 2018
Feedback to students is one of the most important parts of nursing education. When nursing students struggle, direct exchanges with their instructor can help them from feeling defeated or inadequate. Positive feedback drives home an assignment objective and rewards appropriate critical thinking and decision-making.
In classrooms and simulation labs, the face-to-face interaction with faculty and feedback from classmates gives them practical remediation direction. Feedback doesn’t get any more immediate than in clinical rotations. However, it’s not always possible to stop a patient encounter for a “teaching moment,” and students can feel overwhelmed by the risk of the situation.
Over that past few years, another source of training that offers timely feedback has come into vogue. Online simulations are becoming part of the curriculum, enabled by the confluence of communications technology, shifting teaching philosophies and proof-of-concept.
Don’t just take our word for it. In a 2015 article published by the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice titled “The time is right for Web-based clinical simulation in nursing education” you’ll find that the authors came to this conclusion:
The time is right for greater distribution and sharing of web-based simulation resources for teaching in both undergraduate and at professional levels. Web-based simulation programs are a valuable resource that should be used in combination with traditional forms of laboratory and classroom teaching in order to facilitate the development of students’ clinical competence.
Great, right? But why? We’ve identified some key reasons why online simulations are effective.
Bonus: Helping Teachers Teach Better
To quote a client school faculty member, “As an instructor, the simulation allowed me to know exactly what the students were viewing, so that I could draw connections between their reading and what they were seeing.”
The nursing profession demands knowledge of complex subject matter, and the ability to make decisions with confidence and reprioritize based on changing information. By combining traditional methods with new tools, we can help students overcome intellectual, emotional and time-management challenges.
Are you using or considering using online simulations and clinical scenarios in your school? Do you, as a student, have any thoughts on how this new tool helps you, or can be improved? We welcome your thoughts!
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