Is simulation a substitute for real life clinical experience in midwifery? A qualitative examination of perceptions of educational leaders

McKenna, Lisa, Bogossian, Fiona E., Hall, Helen, Brady, Susannah, Fox-Young, Stephanie and Cooper, Simon (2011) Is simulation a substitute for real life clinical experience in midwifery? A qualitative examination of perceptions of educational leaders. Nurse Education Today, 31 7: 682-686. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2011.02.014


Author McKenna, Lisa
Bogossian, Fiona E.
Hall, Helen
Brady, Susannah
Fox-Young, Stephanie
Cooper, Simon
Title Is simulation a substitute for real life clinical experience in midwifery? A qualitative examination of perceptions of educational leaders
Journal name Nurse Education Today   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-6917
1532-2793
Publication date 2011-03-30
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2011.02.014
Volume 31
Issue 7
Start page 682
End page 686
Total pages 5
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract This paper describes the perceptions of midwifery educational leaders concerning the potential for simulation to provide a realistic experience in midwifery education. A qualitative design was employed using focus groups which were audio-taped and transcribed verbatim. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Eleven focus groups were conducted with 46 key midwifery academics across Australia. Three main themes emerged relating to realism and simulation in midwifery practice: 'we already use a lot of simulation', 'level of realism of manikins', and 'some things cannot be simulated'. Simulation is currently widely used in midwifery education, but this is limited due to realism of available models and equipment. Despite this, within a woman-centred, holistic approach to care there are many aspects of midwifery practice that cannot be easily simulated. There is a need for research and development of realistic simulation approaches to support the enhanced use of simulation. Furthermore, strategies for developing approaches that reflect midwifery care provision need to be developed.
Keyword Midwifery
Qualitative
Simulation
Clinical education
Curricula
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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