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Patient Safety Simulation: Learning About Safety Never Seemed More Fun

Paparella, Susan F. MSN, RN; Mariani, Bette A. MSN, RN; Layton, Kathy BSN, RN, BC; Carpenter, Ann Marie MSN, RN, CCRN

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development - JNSD: November/December 2004 - Volume 20 - Issue 6 - pp 247-252
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While other industries have effectively used simulation as an educational strategy to improve safety and performance, nurse educators have not yet embraced this as an educational tool for safety initiatives. This article examines the benefit of using simulation exercises as an adjunct to didactic teaching and describes how one hospital's nurse educators adapted simulation methodology to educate the nurses on the complexity of safe medication administration and the importance of critical thinking in daily practice.

The authors examine the benefit of using simulation exercises with didactic teaching and describe how one hospital's nurse educators adapted simulation methodology to educate nurses on safe medication administration and critical thinking in daily practice.

Susan F. Paparella, MSN, RN, is Director of Consulting Services, Institute for Safe Medication Practices, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, and Adjunct Faculty at Temple University School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bette A. Mariani, MSN, RN, is Staff Development Nurse Educator at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, and Doctoral Student of Nursing Education at Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania.

Kathy Layton, BSN, RN, BC, is Staff Development Nurse Educator at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, and Graduate Nursing Student of Adult Health and Illness at Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania.

Ann Marie Carpenter, MSN, RN, CCRN, was a Nurse Educator in the Nursing Education Department, Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.

ADDRESS FOR REPRINTS: Susan Paparella, MSN, RN, Consulting Services, Institute for Safe Medication Practices, 1800 Byberry Road, Suite 810, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006 (e-mail: spaparella@ismp.org).

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.