Date of Award

7-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Quanza Mooring

Abstract

Simulation provides a safe environment for the nurse to practice and learn new skills in a safe and controlled manner. This allows a novice nurse to advance to an expert level without placing a patient at harm and increasing self-confidence at the bedside. The purpose of the Orientation Simulation Study is to evaluate the effectiveness of simulation on self-confidence on new hire nursing staff when learning how to use the hospital Heparin Nomogram and dose mode on the IV pump. The study was conducted over four months with 18 nurses surveyed using a pre- and post-Likert scale called the Confidence Scale. The new hire nurses were hired for the medical-surgical units, which included: Medical, surgical, critical care, intermediate care, oncology, and emergency department. Data showed mean scores of the pre-survey to be 11.11, while post-survey mean scores increased to 17.22. With a paired t-test p-value being less than 0.00 there was a significant difference in self-confidence after simulation. Simulation has been shown to increase self-confidence in other disciplines such as nursing students, military, aviation, medicine, and physical therapy.

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