Simulations are a strategy used in healthcare to enhance the skills of hospital staff, and were used recently at Bayhealth during the Med-Surg Fellowship. The simulations, which featured two Bayhealth volunteers, gave the nurses in the fellowship an opportunity to practice care while in a safe learning environment.
The goal of conducting simulations during the fellowship is to help nurses have a better understanding on the importance of showing compassion and the human connection when working with patients.
Nurse Hannah Thorp, BSN, RN, said the simulations taught her about protocols and procedures for situations she doesn’t encounter every day. “The simulations really help us work through issues we face as new nurses and learn from them,” Thorp said. “The volunteers made this a real experience and provided us with feedback as if they were real patients.”
Volunteering for the simulations were Janice Hadley and Cheryl Boddie. Hadley said not only were the simulations a chance for nurses to learn more about their jobs, they learned a lot of about healthcare. “It was an exciting experience and validated the fact that Bayhealth understands the importance of patient care and that learning continues throughout a person’s career,” Boddie said.
Nurse Arlene Meggett, RN, loved the simulations with the volunteers, stating it provided an opportunity for the nurses to learn in a safe environment. “I happened to get a great experience from the simulation as it prepared me for what could happen on my unit,” Meggett said. “The week after the simulations I encountered the same situation from on the floor as I did the simulation.”
Hadley boasted about the nurses in the fellowship, stating they were forward-thinking in the care provided during the simulations. “This program is extremely beneficial to the staff,” she said. Both plan on helping with future fellowships.
The simulations were more than teaching about protocols though, as nurses learned about improving the overall patient experience. “This gave me an opportunity to evaluate my care and where I can improve, based on the feedback from the volunteers,” Thorp said. “I’m glad for my experience.”