Following completion of an interprofessional simulation program for rapid response and code blue events, we explored hospital unit nurses' perspectives of the training, through a mixed-methods analysis. The results of this study advocate for the use of simulation training in preparing nurses and promoting communication among team members, effective teamwork, and early recognition of clinically deteriorating patients. This study provides support for the implementation and continued use of simulation interprofessional programs in hospital settings.
Scott & White Healthcare (Drs Wehbe-Janek, Lambden, Song, Pliego, and Colbert and Mss Lenzmeier, Sanford, and Herrick) and Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine (Drs Wehbe-Janek, Ogden, Pliego, and Colbert), Temple, TX.
Correspondence: Hania Wehbe-Janek, PhD, Office of Medical Education Research, Scott & White Healthcare/Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Medical Education Center MS-AG-407Q, 2401 South 31st Street, Temple, TX 76508 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Financial Disclosures: This work was supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality grant U18 HSO16634-01. Laerdal Medical Corporation provided the simulator used to conduct the simulation training program.
Accepted for publication: July 28, 2011
Published online before print: August 17, 2011.