Learning nursing through simulation: Towards an expansive model of learning

Berragan, Elizabeth (2014) Learning nursing through simulation: Towards an expansive model of learning. In: NETNEP 2014, 22-25 June 2014, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands.

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Abstract

My study explores the impact of simulation upon learning for undergraduate nursing students. Conducted as a small-scale narrative case study, this study tells the unique stories of a small number of undergraduate nursing students, nurse mentors and nurse educators and explores their experiences of learning through simulation. Data analysis through progressive focusing (Parlett and Hamilton, 1972) revealed that the nurse educators viewed simulation as a means of helping students to learn to be nurses, whilst, the nurse mentors suggested that simulation helped them to determine nursing potential. The students’ narratives showed that they approached simulation learning in different ways resulting in a range of outcomes: those who were successfully becoming nurses, those who were struggling or working hard to become nurses and those who were not becoming nurses. The conceptual frameworks used for this study draw upon the work of Benner and Sutphen (2007) and Engeström (1994). Benner and Sutphen’s work highlights the complex nature of situated knowledge in practice disciplines such as nursing. They suggest that knowledge must be constantly integrated within the curriculum through pedagogies of interpretation, formation, contextualisation and performance. Engeström’s work on activity theory and expansive learning recognises the links between learning and the environment of work and highlights the possibilities for learning to inspire change, innovation and the creation of new ideas. Together these frameworks present an opportunity for nurse education to articulate and theorise the learning inherent in simulation activities. A theoretical analysis of learning through simulation offers a means of conceptualizing and establishing different perspectives for understanding the learning described by the participants and offers new possibilities towards an expansive approach to learning nursing. The study examines what this interpretation of learning might mean for nurse education, nursing research and nursing practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nurse education; Simulation
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Research Priority Areas: Learning and Professional Contexts
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2017 09:04
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2017 13:18
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5150

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