Modern nursing education has a plethora of technology with which to help students prepare for entry into the healthcare field and caring for patients. Manikins and task trainers are excellent for practicing manual skills required in nursing. But there is one critical aspect of training that goes beyond textbook knowledge and practical physical ability: decision making.
“Providing students with opportunities to develop clinical reasoning skills before entering clinical practice is foundational to safe nursing practice. However, with factors such as increased competition for clinical placements, advances in digital health technology, pressure on teaching timetables etc., alternative methods of delivery are necessary to ensure students gain confidence in the development of their clinical skills,” wrote Emma Collins and Liz Ditzel of Otago Polytechnic, in a study published in the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice.