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Janet Hunter - SHS - Education Enhancement Grant

Janet Hunter - School of Health Sciences

Within simulated practice, nursing students have the opportunity to consider the significance of their role in teaching patients and carers through role-play, peer and video feedback and discussion. Although effective, our part three nursing students find it difficult to enact the role of the patient or carer and believe they would respond differently if offered the opportunity to teach a ‘real’ person. It is planned that the use of standardised / simulated patients (SPs) will be introduced for these sessions to provide a valuable and realistic experience. The student's learning experience will be more meaningful, as they will be able to practice their skills safely and receive constructive feedback for future practice development.

To compliment this teaching strategy, the use of video-based resources have been developed to provide a blended learning approach with examples of different teaching situations and techniques to support the students learning experience. These resources will also help to prepare SPs for their role as they will be actively involved in the simulation, and will provide constructive and meaningful feedback to the students.

Recognising the significance of the carers and users voice within education and their contribution to the students learning experience, their involvement within the development of these on-line video-based learning resources was crucial. Therefore, the grant was used as payment for the simulated patient’s time in participating in the creation and development of the films. Three films were produced, which included a film to highlight the key principles for teaching, using the making of a greetings card to highlight these techniques; one film demonstrating excellent teaching techniques of a nurse teaching a patient inhaler technique and the third film demonstrates poor teaching techniques of a DN on a home visit. Within these films the simulated patient acted as the adult learner / patient. One additional film, a talking head is being developed to summarise the key points for successful teaching.

The use of the video-based resources have been primarily developed for BSc and PGDip nursing students in part three of the RN/BSc or PGDip Nursing Programme, which has 175 adult nursing students. However, these resources also have relevancy for child and mental health students on the same programme (175 students) and the Foundation Degree in Healthcare (Nursing Associate), part 2 of their programme (30 adult, mental health and community students).  The resources will also be accessible on-line for use within teaching e.g. used as a communication clip to demonstrate different communication skills.
The video-based resources will be introduced into the simulated practice programme 2017/2018. As this is a new innovation, the students will be asked to evaluate this to determine the influence this approach has on their learning experience. Feedback will be available February and April 2018.