Simulation has gained tremendous momentum over the last decade in academic medical centers, medical schools, and nursing schools as a powerful method of reinforcing clinical knowledge, improving team communication, and teaching decision-making skills. A national simulation study, conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, found that 87% of nursing schools are now using some form of high- or medium-fidelity simulation. Furthermore, a study of emergency medicine residency programs found that between 2003 and 2008, use of manikin simulators jumped from 29% to 85%. At the same time, simulation is emerging as a fast and cost-effective training solution for all types of hospitals. A wide range of providers—from large, multi-hospital systems to smaller, independent hospitals—already are using simulation to teach clinical skills and assess the clinical competencies of their workforces.
Simulation has a Role in Improving Care Quality
Why the dramatic rise in simulation-based training? From role-playing with trained actors to practicing medical scenarios on manikins with vital signs, simulation allows students, nurses, physicians, and other clinical staff to learn and improve clinical and communication skills until they reach proficiency. Ultimately, this improves care and reduces medical errors. That’s a particularly welcome proposition given the advent of the Affordable Care Act— healthcare reform, which has sent hospitals and other providers scrambling to improve clinical care quality and patient safety as they face the possibility of losing reimbursement through government initiatives and programs like value-based purchasing.
This white paper includes:
- What is simulation-based training?
- Advantages of simulation for acute care training
- Leading simulation models
- Simulation-based training leads to strong ROI
- HealthStream’s innovative approach to simulation learning
- How simulation training can help healthcare organizations save lives and money