Authored on: Feb 17, 2013
Simulation has gained tremendous momentum over the last decade in academic medical centers, medical schools, and nursing schools as a powerful method of reinforcing clinical knowledge, improving team communication, and teaching decision-making skills.
A national simulation study, conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, found that 87% of nursing schools are now using some form of high- or medium-fidelity simulation.
Furthermore, a study of emergency medicine residency programs found that between 2003 and 2008, use of manikin simulators jumped from 29% to 85%. A wide range of providers from large, multi-hospital systems to smaller, independent hospitals are already using simulation to teach clinical skills and assess the clinical competencies of their workforces. Allowing staff to learn and improve clinical and communication skills until they reach proficiency ultimately improves care and reduces medical errors.
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