Title: Simulation Scenarios for Nursing Educators: Making It Real, Second Edition
Authors: Suzanne Hetzel Campbell and Karen M Daley
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, 2013
Reviewer: Adam Fitzgerald, staff nurse
What was it like?
A detailed book providing scenarios for nursing students.
What were the highlights?
The book co-authored by two nurse educators from the US provides numerous scenarios and scripts to provide realistic cases that nurse educators are able to use for training of student nurse. The book is easy to read and is adaptable for varying levels of simulation.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The authors provide a clear format to the book, which enables you to find a scenario appropriate for the nursing student that you are to run the simulation with. It will then give you the learning objectives expected to be met, the equipment required and the rationale behind it along with the references for further reading. In addition to this there are prompted scripts for actors or nurse educators to use so that during assessments there is no argument about what information is given from the simulated patient. Another helpful feature of this book is the fact that it also contains assessment tables that could be used with that particular assessment. The main area that this book lets itself down within the UK market is that it is written by american nurses. Hence due to this a lot of the terminology and some specific assessments are written for the state board exams and have no relevents to UK practice. In addition to this the latter parts of the book, which focuses more on critical care relies on having patient simulators that plays a central part of the scenario. These often high priced simulators may not be available to all nursing schools.
Who should read it?
This book is primarily aimed at nurse educators and nurse lecturers. It would be an ideal addition to any collection routinely involved with educating students primarily within their university segments of teaching. As well as nurse educators, nurses that are currently reading for the US nursing conversion exams may find this book helpful.