Fostering clinical competence and confidence among critical care nurses through the use of simulation

Aim: To introduce a 16-hour simulation component to the existing Alberta critical care nurse education program and explore how this might impact competency, self-efficacy, transfer of learning and intent to stay among critical care nurses in Alberta. 

Fostering clinical competence and confidence among critical care nurses through the use of simulation

Critical care units in Canada have the highest nurse turnover levels. The cost of replacing an experienced ICU nurse is not only a financial concern to hospitals, but it can result in lost productivity and impact patient safety.

Professional development opportunities can be a strong motivator for nurses to remain in their current position. In a recent study conducted among critical care nurses in Ontario, it was shown that a professional development intervention that included a simulation component predicted intent to stay in the nursing profession. 

Status

Completed

Outputs: Manuscript in progress; local presentations

Principal investigator

Dr. Sandra Goldsworthy

Collaborators

Alberta Health Services

Grant support

Research professorship, UCalgary Nursing