Date of Graduation

Fall 12-12-2020

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Catherine Coleman

Second Advisor

Dr. Margaret Levine

Abstract

A change project involving the use of innovative wearable simulation technology was integrated into the 12-week new graduate nurse ICU training program at one community hospital in Northern California. Project implementation was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, so only the first pilot training session was conducted. Initial results from this training session suggest that the simulation training had a positive impact on the nurses’ ability to assess patient breath sounds and to recognize and treat a rapidly deteriorating patient. This training session also allowed the project team to identify additional areas of skill assessment and opportunities for improvement for the novice nurses—for example, the awareness of and ability to use a specialized procedure cart to treat deteriorating patients. These results will be utilized to design additional training sessions and further address gaps in knowledge, skills, and confidence. Future training sessions will occur once pandemic conditions allow change project implementation at Community Hospital to resume.

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