Implementation and evaluation of an interprofessional simulation-based education program for undergraduate nursing students in operating room nursing education: A randomized controlled trial

Rongmei Wang, Nianke Shi, Jinbing Bai, Yaguang Zheng, Yue Zhao

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Abstract

Background: The present study was designed to implement an interprofessional simulation-based education program for nursing students and evaluate the influence of this program on nursing students' attitudes toward interprofessional education and knowledge about operating room nursing. Methods: Nursing students were randomly assigned to either the interprofessional simulation-based education or traditional course group. A before-and-after study of nursing students' attitudes toward the program was conducted using the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale. Responses to an open-ended question were categorized using thematic content analysis. Nursing students' knowledge about operating room nursing was measured. Results: Nursing students from the interprofessional simulation-based education group showed statistically different responses to four of the nineteen questions in the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale, reflecting a more positive attitude toward interprofessional learning. This was also supported by thematic content analysis of the open-ended responses. Furthermore, nursing students in the simulation-based education group had a significant improvement in knowledge about operating room nursing. Conclusions: The integrated course with interprofessional education and simulation provided a positive impact on undergraduate nursing students' perceptions toward interprofessional learning and knowledge about operating room nursing. Our study demonstrated that this course may be a valuable elective option for undergraduate nursing students in operating room nursing education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number115
JournalBMC Medical Education
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 9 2015

Keywords

  • Cooperative behavior
  • Interprofessional
  • Operating room nursing
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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