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Deliberate Practice Mock Codes for New Graduate Nurses

McPhee, Kim, MS, RN-BC

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: November/December 2018 - Volume 34 - Issue 6 - p 348–351
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000494
Departments: From the Front Lines to the Back Page

New graduate nurses frequently identify mock codes as anxiety-provoking events for them. Mock codes practiced in a safe environment can help ease nurses’ anxiety and build confidence. Although one academic medical center has provided mock code experiences for several years, the new graduate nurses requested more practice time. Recent evidence identified deliberate practice as an alternative way to practice skills repeatedly and efficiently. Deliberate practice for mock codes was implemented and has been evaluated positively.

Kim McPhee, MS, RN-BC, is Nurse Residency Program Manager, Education and Development for Nursing and Patient Care Services, UW Health, Madison, Wisconsin.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Kim McPhee, 600 Highland Avenue, Mail code 9305, Madison, WI 53792-9305 (e-mail:

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