Back-to-Back Conferences Highlight Clinical Simulation

Appeared in: NurseWeek

By: Laura Goldbaum, RN, MS, NP

Newark, Calif. - Uneven and inadequate teaching methods fall short of student
needs, UCSF School of Nursing Professor Patricia Benner, RN, PhD, FAAN, FRCN,
said at the Nov. 1 Magic in Teaching II Conference at the Hilton/Newark Fremont.

Three "apprenticeships" — intellectual, practical, and ethical, which were
included in the Carnegie Foundation National Nursing Education Study, need to
be part of an integrated teaching method that includes patient-focused teaching
based on clinical cases, Benner said. She added that she strongly discouraged
"teaching to the NCLEX" exam and advocated a broader education for nursing students.

Nursing educators from around the state gathered at the conference, which
was followed by the Bay Area Simulation Collaborative's 1st Annual Clinical
Simulation Conference on Nov. 2. Both conferences highlighted clinical
simulation, a fairly new teaching modality in nursing that will soon become
the standard of practice because it encourages critical thinking, leadership,
sound judgment, and effective interpersonal communication.

Presenting at both conferences was Celeste Villanueva, CRNA, MS, assistant
professor of nursing, director of the Health Science Simulation Center, and
director of the nurse anesthesia program at Samuel Merritt College in Oakland,
Calif. Villanueva presented a history of simulation at the Magic in Teaching
II Conference and served as a panel member at the Clinical Simulation
Conference during the presentation "Innovations in Simulation Centers:
Exemplars of Partnerships."


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