The Sustaining Simulation in Nursing and Midwifery initiative builds on an earlier simulation scoping initiative in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery (DNM), University of Limerick (UL), funded by the SATLE 2019 call. This initiative differs from the previous with its focus on capacity building, sustainability, and impact, for greater student success.
The aim is to bring simulation to the next level in the department, moving from scoping to capacity building and sustainability, by scaling up to wider utilisation of simulation pedagogy across undergraduate programmes.
• To provide opportunity for greater student engagement and success, through incorporating broader simulation use, across years 1 to 4 of undergraduate programmes.
• To sustainably build capacity in simulation pedagogy in the broader department by supporting wider engagement among faculty, with training provided.
• To develop a sustainable and shared repository of reusable simulation resources.
Impact will be achieved through broader use of simulation pedagogy in teaching clinical skills, tailored to the level of the student, leading to greater student engagement and success. For maximum impact, the simulation scenarios will concentrate on skills required for the clinical practice component of students’ programmes. Through this initiative, students can continue to learn and achieve success within a safe environment, despite the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the availability of safe clinical learning environments for students.
Key to success will be the support of an Education Technologist (Simulation) working on design and delivery among academics and students.