Title: Mastering Simulation
Authors: Beth Ulrich and Beth Mancini
Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International, 2014
Reviewer: Jane Brown, Patient Safety Advisor, Worcesert Acute NHS Trust
What was it like?
This book is primarily for practitioners who are involved or are designing training simulation sessions.
It describes the use of simulation in various clinical settings from the beginning through to future resources and creativeness. It contains some excellent examples of simulated experiences and an easy to read guide for developing a simulation plan.
Being able to evidence competencies is a requirement through NMC and other regulatory bodies. As stated by the authors both technology and techniques change so quickly simulation is an important part of being competent and being able to care for patients effectively.
What were the highlights?
This has an easy to read guide for developing a simulation plan. Although written in the US this is an excellent and practical guide to the development of simulated experiences. I found that the authors explore scenario development for a lot of requirements including risk management and quality improvement in both the nurse academic setting and hospital environments. They discuss evaluation and debriefing, as well as the future of simulation.
The book highlights processes for development and use in many areas.
Strengths & weaknesses:
This is a user friendly handbook, with well set out scenarios and the authors have provided comprehensible and succinct examples that could be easily adapted to a variety of healthcare settings.
This has been well researched with a host of authors with differing backgrounds who have come together with their knowledge and expertise to write this textbook. Although written for professionals working in the US, it is just as apt and relevant to the UK.
I found no weaknesses.
Who should read it?
This is a specialist textbook and would be useful to a nurse educator/practitioner on the unit/ward/training department/school, to other professional such as theatre and ITU professionals, who are interested in working with simulated experiences.