Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Simulators in Critical Care and Beyond

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Simulators in Critical Care and Beyond

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Simulators in Critical Care and Beyond edited by William F. Dunn, MD; Des Plaines IL: Society for Critical Care Medicine, 2004; 128 pages, $60 ($45 for SCCM members)

Newcomers to simulation will benefit from the tremendous amount of information provided by the contributors to this book, a virtual who's who in the civilian patient simulation sector. Educators will appreciate how the book addresses educational theory. For example, Dunn places the use of simulation within traditional learning theories - behaviorist, cognitive, humanist, social learning, and constructivist.

Several chapters provide solid "how to" information for those getting started - how to build scenarios, what range of skills should be included in team crisis simulations, identifying role clarity among participants, communication, support, and resource utilization. Some authors provide schedules indicating how they have integrated simulation into a typical class day along with lectures and other materials. An especially helpful section emphasizes the importance of debriefing and its link to theories of reflective practice and the cycle of experiential learning. …

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