Improving Nursing Student Resilience Using Online Simulation and Resilience-Based Content in a Pediatric Course
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New graduate nurse’s job satisfaction rates persistently decrease at six months post-graduation. Nursing schools are implementing resilience into their curriculum to prepare future nurses to be resilient in their careers. A large, publicly funded nursing school in the Midwest developed and instituted small group discussions, individual assignments and online simulations into a required specialty course to help foster career resilience. The course assignments incorporated the three theories of Empowered Holistic Nursing Education, simulation, and professional resilience and career persistence. The course was offered in the senior year of nursing school and had 93 students. Measurable outcomes included healthcare resilience improvement and intervention and online simulation effectiveness and usefulness. The interventions showed an increase in CD-RISC resilience scores. Online simulations were also found useful to classroom learning and helped students discover new ways of thinking and understanding course content. Differences in simulation implementation technique were also found and students reported benefitting more from faculty guided simulations over self-guided simulations. Nurse educators implementing nursing student resilience simulation programs can increase new graduate nurse resilience utilizing online simulation, an effective technique for teaching nursing students.
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