Enhancing Cardiac Arrest Skills: Exploring Student Nurses’ Journey through Mental Simulation to Self-efficacy

WHITE, Nick, RUMBOLD, James and GARNER, Iain (2024). Enhancing Cardiac Arrest Skills: Exploring Student Nurses’ Journey through Mental Simulation to Self-efficacy. Journal of Modern Nursing Practice and Research, 4 (2): 6.

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<jats:p>Objective: This study explores mental simulation (MS) as a potential tool for enhancing skill acquisition and readiness among student nurses in life-saving procedures, particularly in high-stress, time-sensitive situations like cardiac arrest. It aims to investigate the impact of MS on learning life support skills and creating self-officious students in nursing education. Methods: The study combines a theoretical framework grounded in social constructionism with qualitative research methods. We utilize a qualitative reflexive thematic analysis approach. Eleven pre-registration student nurses participated in interview-based investigations after engaging in a 4-week MS program. Data collection utilized open-ended questions, allowing participants to express their experiences and perceptions regarding MS for life support skill acquisition. Results: The research identified six key themes and sub-themes: “Motivation to learn”, “emulating reality”, “emulating real-world intensity”, “emotional resonance”, “harmonizing reflective practice”, and “empowering confidence”. Participants reported using MS to address self-efficacy challenges, creating vivid simulated experiences, inducing real-world intensity, personalizing visualizations, fostering reflective practice, enhancing team understanding, and demystifying cardiac arrest skills, ultimately empowering confidence in employing their cardiac arrest skills. Conclusion: The findings underscore MS’s potential as a valuable training tool in nursing education. MS not only bridges knowledge gaps but also prepares student nurses for real-life scenarios, demystifying cardiac arrests and enhancing self-efficacy. The study advocates for the integration of MS alongside traditional training methods to enhance preparedness and confidence among student nurses in critical life support situations. Further research could explore the broader implications of MS across various healthcare contexts.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.53964/jmnpr.2024006
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2024 10:36
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2024 10:45
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33780

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