Cath Tuohy & Sandra Jones – Poster Teaser

Strategies for supporting staff to facilitate immersive simulation into an undergraduate nursing degree programme.

Background and Aim
The Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) require undergraduate nursing programmes to include simulation in their curricula. Simulation experiences enhance confidence and competence in clinical skills, and encourage critical thinking and the exercising of clinical judgement, with immersive simulation being designed to present a clinical scenario as true and close to reality.

There is a growing use of simulation as a learning strategy here at Whitireia NZ which reflects a widespread trend in undergraduate nursing education both in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.

The tutorial team in the BN programme at Whitireia NZ is made up of a diverse team of educators with different clinical backgrounds. All are confident to some degree in working with students in simulated scenarios. However, the implementation of medium fidelity immersive simulation into the second year of the programme in 2015 generated some unease and a discussion about faculty readiness and confidence in running the immersive sessions. This informed our research aim.

This research takes an appreciative enquiry (AI) approach, informed by the action research cycle. AI is underpinned by the notion that solutions to challenges are already held by people within the organisation. The use of focus groups has produced qualitative data that has been thematically analysed by the researchers.

This is currently in the analysis stage.  Research findings will be presented at conference.

Key words: Simulation; technology; support; appreciative inquiry research; transition