Developing nursing expertise in simulation-based learning environments

Abstract : The work of nurse anaesthetists is carried out in a highly technological environment, where patient care is provided in close collaboration with other members of hospital staff. The expertise of these nurses and how this is developed is of vital importance. Furthermore, the use of computerised pedagogical tools to support learning within an educational setting is of special interest. The main aim of this paper is to investigate how the use of one of these tools, a simulation based learning environment, can contribute to learning in the domain of anaesthesia care. The study is carried out within the framework of socio-cultural theory. From this perspective, learning is viewed as being situated in communities of practice, where interaction between individuals, and between artefacts and individuals, is considered as central in the learning process. Here, we will present results from a study of how trainee nurse anaesthetists use computer simulations and discuss issues concerning their learning processes. The planning, implementation and debriefing phases of one training session are scrutinised with respect to the framing of problems and implications for learning. The results support the assumption that work in computer based learning environments can influence assessment procedures and decisionmaking skills in significant ways, and that computer-based learning environments provide productive means for goal directed collaborative learning activities.
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Hans Rystedt, Berner Lindström. Developing nursing expertise in simulation-based learning environments. Conference of Collaboration and Learning in Virtual Environments, 1999, Jyväskylä, Finland. 22 p. ⟨hal-00190363⟩

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