A trial of e-simulation of sudden patient deterioration (FIRST2ACTWEB™) on student learning.

Bogossian, Fiona, Cooper, Simon, Cant, Robyn, Porter, Jo, Forbes, Helen and The First2Act Team (2015) A trial of e-simulation of sudden patient deterioration (FIRST2ACTWEB™) on student learning.. Nurse Education Today, 35 10: e36-e42. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2015.08.003

Author Bogossian, Fiona
Cooper, Simon
Cant, Robyn
Porter, Jo
Forbes, Helen
The First2Act Team
Title A trial of e-simulation of sudden patient deterioration (FIRST2ACTWEB™) on student learning.
Journal name Nurse Education Today   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-6917
Publication date 2015-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.08.003
Volume 35
Issue 10
Start page e36
End page e42
Total pages 7
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
High-fidelity simulation pedagogy is of increasing importance in health professional education; however, face-to-face simulation programs are resource intensive and impractical to implement across large numbers of students.

To investigate undergraduate nursing students' theoretical and applied learning in response to the e-simulation program—FIRST2ACT WEBTM, and explore predictors of virtual clinical performance.

Design and setting
Multi-center trial of FIRST2ACT WEBTM accessible to students in five Australian universities and colleges, across 8 campuses.

A population of 489 final-year nursing students in programs of study leading to license to practice.

Participants proceeded through three phases: (i) pre-simulation—briefing and assessment of clinical knowledge and experience; (ii) e-simulation—three interactive e-simulation clinical scenarios which included video recordings of patients with deteriorating conditions, interactive clinical tasks, pop up responses to tasks, and timed performance; and (iii) post-simulation feedback and evaluation.

Descriptive statistics were followed by bivariate analysis to detect any associations, which were further tested using standard regression analysis.

Of 409 students who commenced the program (83% response rate), 367 undergraduate nursing students completed the web-based program in its entirety, yielding a completion rate of 89.7%; 38.1% of students achieved passing clinical performance across three scenarios, and the proportion achieving passing clinical knowledge increased from 78.15% pre-simulation to 91.6% post-simulation.

Knowledge was the main independent predictor of clinical performance in responding to a virtual deteriorating patient R2 = 0.090, F(7, 352) = 4.962, p < 0.001.

The use of web-based technology allows simulation activities to be accessible to a large number of participants and completion rates indicate that ‘Net Generation’ nursing students were highly engaged with this mode of learning.

The web-based e-simulation program FIRST2ACTTM effectively enhanced knowledge, virtual clinical performance, and self-assessed knowledge, skills, confidence, and competence in final-year nursing students.
Keyword Computer based education
Patient deterioration
E simulation
Clinical learning
Web based learning
Nursing students
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Fri, 28 Aug 2015, 08:32:13 EST by Dr Fiona Bogossian on behalf of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work