3 years ago

Using Simulation to Cross-Train Staff and Build Effective Teams

Shelley C. Moore, Michelle Finch, Karen S. Ward, Susan K. MacArthur
Maximizing nursing resources is imperative for hospitals to meet budget. Merging units is often viewed as cost effective. Clinical simulation can be used to both cross-train staff and enhance perceptions of teamwork, thus contributing to patient safety. Sample Fifteen nurses and eight technicians underwent simulation as part of a cross-training project. Four nurses and four technicians participated in a pre-posttest study as part of the project. Methods Two simulation sessions were used to assist medical surgical nursing staff in caring for pediatric patients. The 35-item Teamwork Perceptions Questionnaire was used to measure teamwork. Results Non-parametric Wilcoxon signed ranks test demonstrated a significant improvement in the Teamwork Perceptions Questionnaire situation monitoring subscale (p < .05; p = .012). Conclusion Successful simulation training was accomplished, as well as improved perception of one aspect of teamwork. During debriefing of the simulation exercises, an additional unexpected benefit of problem-solving transpired.
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