Bland, Andrew (2006) Using simulation to prepare students for their qualified role. Nursing Times, 102 (22). p. 30. ISSN 0954-7762

Clinical decision-making and problem-solving skills are an important foundation for nursing practice (Taylor 2000). To advance the acquisition of these skills, 10 third-year BSc adult branch nursing students agreed to undertake a ward simulation exercise in preparation for their role as qualified nurses.

A ward was created to resemble an acute assessment ward in which the students could undertake leadership and team roles. The main aim of the exercise was to enable them to develop their competence and confidence through problem solving in a safe and realistic simulated environment. The day was designed to mirror an early and late shift and there was careful attention to detail in order to replicate authentic clinical practice.

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