Use of Simulation in Nursing Education: Initial Experiences on a European Union Lifelong Learning Programme - Leonardo da Vinci Project

Fusun Terzioglu, Zahide Tuna, Sergul Duygulu, Handan Boztepe, Sevgisun Kapucu, Leyla Ozdemir, Nuran Akdemir, Deniz Kocoglu, Guillaume Alinier, Filippo Festini


Aim: The aim of this paper is to share the initial experiences on a European Union (EU) Lifelong Learning ProgrammeLeonardo Da Vinci Transfer of Innovation Project related to the use of simulation-based learning with nursing studentsfrom Turkey. The project started at the end of the 2010 involving 7 partners from 3 different countries includingTurkey, England, and Italy.Methods: This project is divided into 7 work packages (WP). In this paper, experiences from the first three WPs (WP1:Preparation and dissemination of the project. WP2: Regulation of the project management. WP3: Development of theevaluation tools used to evaluate the impact of the innovative practice within the coordinating partner's institution) areshared.Results: In the WP1 and WP2: the kick-off meeting was organized in Turkey, the coordinating partner’s country.During the meeting project-related events were planned and the steering committee of the project was formed. A strongteam spirit within the partnership was established. For the dissemination of the project, a poster and flier of the projectwere prepared and placed on corporate boards visible to students and teaching staff and put on the partners’institutional websites. Regular bulletins of the project were also prepared and posted on the project website. In the WP3,student data sheet, items for students’ satisfaction questionnaire and confidence scale were created based on theliterature. Trauma patient scenarios (abdominal trauma, thoracic trauma, pelvic fracture and traumatic amputation)were created to test the target group's knowledge. Ethical approval was obtained from the coordinating partnerinstitution. A pilot study to test the cases was conducted. Following the pilot study, the final version of the student datasheet and scenario cases was created. The second meeting was organized in Italy. In this meeting, the results of the pilotstudy, the scenario cases, and the Patient Intervention Self Confidence /Competence Scale were evaluated.Conclusion: The work on this EU project is still in progress. Considering that learning from experience is an importantpart of nursing education, sharing experiences on such a project related to using simulation as an innovative teachingstrategy in nursing education in Turkey should provide an example to others who want to develop other EU projects innursing education.

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