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dc.contributor.authorMacDonald, Christine M.
dc.identifier.citationMacDonald, C. M., (2015). Pharmacology in nursing comes alive through simulation: A teaching innovation. Conference of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 08 (01), 203 - 205.en_US
dc.description.abstractMany students would agree that pharmacology can be a dry subject as well as overwhelming in terms of the numbers of drugs to learn (Sears, Goldsworthy & Goodman, 2010). Students in the first year of a baccalaureate nursing program in the Middle East take a course about pharmacologic therapy as nursing intervention. As a teaching innovation, a simulation activity was created whereby nursing students actively engaged in specific scenarios in the roles of patient, nurse, nurse assistant, and observer, giving them an opportunity to experience how pharmacology as intervention can come alive and be relevant to nursing practice. Using simulation in nursing to facilitate the development of nursing skills in students has long been recognized as valuable (Cant & Cooper, 2009; Cioffi, Purcal & Arundell, 2005). Simulation offers as close to real life clinical experiences for students in which to prepare for practice and develop skills safely without the stress of the real nursing environment (Medley & Horne, 2005). As a formative assessment teaching strategy, the simulation offered the teacher insight into students depth of understanding of the pharmacology material, their ability and motivation to apply what they learned in class. In the debrief session, the teacher noticed students enthusiasm for the simulation experience. They were reflective about their feelings and learning with respect to, for example, what it was like to be a patient giving a medication history, what it was like to be a nurse taking a medication history and being responsible for knowing and finding medication information, and finally what it was like to implement patient medication teaching.en_US
dc.publisherProceedings: The International Journal of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.rightsAttribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International*
dc.subjectteaching innovationen_US
dc.titlePharmacology in Nursing Comes Alive Through Simulation: A Teaching Innovationen_US
dc.typejournal article
dc.publisher.facultyChristine M. MacDonalden_US
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgary in Qataren_US

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