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ISSN: 2376-127X

Journal of Pregnancy and Child Health
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Pediatric Simulation in Pre- Licensure Nursing

Kathryn Kushto-Reese1*, Shawna S. Mudd1, Elizabeth Sloand1 and Sandra M. Swoboda2
1Department of Acute and Chronic Care, Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
2Johns Hopkins University, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Corresponding Author : Kathryn Kushto-Reese
Department of Acute and Chronic Care
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Baltimore, Maryland 21205, USA
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Received January 29, 2015; Accepted May 19, 2015; Published May 21, 2015
Citation: Kushto-Reese K, Mudd SS , Sloand E, Swoboda SM (2015) Pediatric Simulation in Pre- Licensure Nursing. J Preg Child Health 2:164. doi: 10.4172/2376-127X.1000164
Copyright: © 2015 Kushto-Reese K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Pediatric nursing is an area that has shown to be associated with higher levels of fear, anxiety and perceived challenge than other clinical settings for the pre-licensure nursing student. A simulation curriculum has been developed to address the complexities that students face in the pediatric clinical setting. This curriculum addresses common pediatric diagnoses both in acute and ambulatory settings and provides students an opportunity to practice essential pediatric communication skills, family centered care, pediatric skills and safety issues commonly encountered in pediatric nursing practice. Core competencies from American Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Pediatric Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) are incorporated into the pediatric simulations for this course. Students perform in various roles during simulations e.g. nurse, parents, family member or child in order to assimilate caring for children with complex needs in the clinical setting. Simulation can ensure that all students learn common core curricula concepts in their pediatric course. Students reported that exposure to various simulations before and during their pediatric clinical experiences contributed to their learning of pediatric skills. They also reported that simulations provided them with an opportunity to practice communication skills with parents and with children of various age and developmental stages and in difficult situations. These opportunities contributed to increased confidence levels and also helped to decrease some associated anxiety during their pediatric rotation.


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