Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Janie M. Carlton

Abstract

The knowledge and practical skills of the Basic Life Support (BLS) and the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) are among the most important determining factors of the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) success rates. Every year there are millions of healthcare workers that dread coming to ACLS class for fear of failure of the written exam or the mega code. Many of these participants haven’t participated in a code situation since they left class the previous two years. Participants sit in class for two days listening to lectures and going through practice mega codes to prepare them for the final mega code. Manikins used are low fidelity and are not life like. There has always been the question of how much of the information they receive is retained when they walk out the door and how confident are the participants of being able to initiate ACLS protocol in a real life situation. The purpose of this study was to examine if adding Human Patient Simulation (HPS) to ACLS class will increase the confidence level of participants, improve grades on course posttest and improve performance on the final mega code. The two instructional methods that were used were the traditional classroom style and an interactive approach using HPS. The study showed no significant difference in the pre and posttest score, the pre and post self-assessment scores, or the mega code performance on either instructional method. However, the HPS group had an increase in their self-assessment post scores.

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