Carrington College, part of Carrington Colleges Group, sent two nursing instructors, Brenda Uhrig and Tracy Chesney from the Albuquerque and Phoenix Westside campuses respectively, to present at the International Meeting on Simulation in Health care (IMSH) that took place in Orlando, Fla. Jan. 26-30, 2013. The instructors, who are both recognized by the Society for Simulation in Health care (SSH) as Certified Health care Simulation Educators (CHSE), presented on an objective measurement tool to be utilized for the evaluation of competencies during skills acquisition and simulation.
Simulation technology is a system of learning using an artificial environment and customized to reflect a variety of health care practice experiences. The simulation (SIM™) labs include several student work stations containing reception desks, practice stations, theater suits and observation galleries. Every simulation lab incorporates the use of low to high-fidelity manikins within the environment, providing students realistic patient care encounters. Through incorporation of simulation technology, a student’s application of knowledge, skills and attitudes can be gauged, in preparation for the delivery of safe patient care in the clinical setting.
Medical simulation work turns abstract classroom concepts into hands-on application and is used by many Carrington health care programs. Due to the large subjectivity involved in critiquing students during simulation scenarios, these Carrington instructors have created and implemented objective measurement tools for student success.
“Simulation scenarios help tie what happens in the classroom to what happens in practice,” said Tracy Chesney, a part of the nursing simulation and skills faculty at Carrington College Phoenix Westside. “Brenda and I worked on a way to measure students in developing competency on a skill; we had to find a way to objectively show a student’s strengths and weaknesses during a scenario.”
Uhrig and Chesney have found that by creating success benchmarks paired with frequent reevaluation, instructors are able to accurately measure student success and eligibility to perform the various functions expected in the professional world.
“What is proving to be most beneficial is that our findings can be implemented across all types of simulation practice,” said Benda Uhrig, a nursing instructor at the Albuquerque campus and the only Certified Health care Simulation Educator in New Mexico. “This type of development in measuring student success puts Carrington at the forefront of simulation learning technology and development.”