Simulation, A Patient Safety Teaching Strategy that Prepares Bahamian Student Nurses for Tomorrow
Manfred Mortell RN*
Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, University of the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas
*Corresponding Author: Manfred Mortell RN, Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, University of the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas.
May 11, 2023; Published: July 13, 2023
A notable concern and issue in nursing education, witnessed world-wide is a lack of coordination between theory and practice. Nursing students and their educators are confronted with numerous challenges in the clinical application of theoretical knowledge. This was a paramount problem during the global coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19) in the small island state of the Bahamas and the Caribbean, when the cessation of clinical practicums for nursing students created educational challenges in terms of “hands on” patient care, in a hospital setting. A teaching strategy that could have been employed for small island states such as the Bahamas that replicates real-life clinical experiences is simulation-based education (SBE). In nursing, SBE is an innovative pedagogical approach that has notably enhanced nursing education. As an adjunct for nursing sciences, SBE has been utilised for teaching theoretical and clinical skills, whilst promoting students to think critically. In the context of the Bahamas, SBE would have enabled undergraduate nursing students to perform in an environment that resembled a healthcare setting to gain replicated patient care experiences. Embracing SBE would have provided an experiential learning approach for Bahamian student nurses, which was conducted in a controlled setting to achieve their educational objectives. But it should also be emphasized that SBE also, provides a safe environment for student learning, whilst preventing the risk of potential harm to real patients. This original review article will, therefore, consider, highlight, and endorse low fidelity simulation as a low-cost teaching strategy in nursing education in small island developing states such as the Bahamas.
Keywords: Bahamas; Low fidelity; Nursing, Patient; Safety; Simulation; Student Nurse; Teaching
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