Fifty years ago, student nurses would practice giving shots on one another to sharpen their skills before entering a clinical setting.
Nursing simulation has come a long way since then — with students now advancing their knowledge by caring for high-tech patient simulators that react much like a real patient would, from sweating to expressing discomfort.
NLN Fellow Julie McAfooes, MS, RN-BC, CNE, ANEF, web development manager at Chamberlain College of Nursing, joined other nursing leaders to co-author a first-of-its-kind book on simulation in nursing education. The second edition of Simulation in Nursing Education: From Conceptualization to Evaluation (National League for Nursing, Sept. 2012) was released at the NLN Education Summit this week. The book was edited by Pamela Jeffries, associate dean for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
McAfooes co-authored the chapter, “Using Collaboration to Enhance the Effectiveness of Simulated Learning in Nursing Education.” The chapter defines collaborative learning and how to establish a collaborative learning environment for teaching with simulation. The rewards and challenges of simulation in nursing education are also illuminated.
“The many and varied benefits of collaborative learning in simulated experiences include motivating students to higher levels of thought and a deeper understanding of content,” McAfooes said.
Chamberlain College of Nursing congratulates Julie McAfooes on this outstanding accomplishment!
All of Chamberlain’s campuses feature high-tech SIMCARE CENTERS, where nursing students can work with patient simulators to hone their skills. Learn more about Chamberlain’s SIMCARE CENTER.
By Molly Mattison
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