Developing Healthcare Skills Through Simulation

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Matthew Aldridge, Stephen Wanless
SAGE Publications, Apr 4, 2012 - Medical - 300 pages
'This book provides an essential resource for educators of clinical skills who want to utilise simulation based education to provide optimal learning opportunities for their students.'

Andrew Bland, University of Huddersfield

'In this book, a team of experienced authors have put together a much needed text that takes an evidence-based, practical approach to skills development.'

Lauren Mawson, University of Cumbria

'A really exciting new text.'

Sarah Burden, Leeds Metropolitan University

Practice educators and mentors are now expected to have the skills and techniques needed to implement a 'learning skills through simulation' programme into established curricula, yet using simulation to teach - while of huge importance - requires careful and time-consuming planning. This valuable resource takes away some of that burden by providing clear, ready-made activities and guidance from leading practitioners in a range of fields, which healthcare and practice educators and mentors can use to enhance their teaching of all the essential and commonly-taught clinical and management skills and knowledge.

Dedicated chapters, which all follow a defined step-by-step format, provide simulation scenarios, alongside facilitator guidance, which will help develop confidence in the teaching of key skills such as:

- Drug administration

- Conflict management

- Infection control

- Breaking bad news

- Catheter and bowel care

These scenarios and accompanying guidance can be used as a framework for teaching, promoting a greater understanding of the skill being taught, and providing a risk-free opportunity for the student to practice their clinical and managerial skills and judgement.

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About the author (2012)

Matthew Aldridge is an experienced nurse educator with significant experience in designing and implementing simulation-based learning and teaching opportunities. He is currently based at the University of Wolverhampton, UK where he has a responsibility for simulation and clinical skills, and is also ad-interim president of INACSL Chapter Europe ( He has worked locally, nationally and internationally to promote the use of simulation in healthcare.

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