Newsletter, Issue 2, March 2019

By 11th March 2019June 12th, 2019News

In this issue:

  • Sim-Versity café learning events for teachers, students, standardized patients and health care professionals, spring 2018.
  • Sim-Versity web-hub development.
  • Development and evaluation of simulation education diversity assessment tool (SEDAT) test Winter 2019.
  • Meetings in Maribor spring 2018 and Kuopio winter 2019.

Optimizing patient safety through culturally competent simulation education with health professionals (Sim-Versity) project has proceeded well. During the first eighteen months of the project we have to date developed an interactive on line project forum called ‘Basecamp’ where all information related to the project is stored and can be accessed by partner countries. We have also developed a diversity assessment tool for simulation education teaching (SEDAT) and we are presently in the process of pilot testing this tool in all partner countries.

During the spring – summer period 2018, the project team carried out focus group interviews or Café learning events in all partner countries. Results of the focus groups had some similar findings, however different issues of importance related to diversity in health care were identified by each country. The participants at the focus group / cafes included health care educators, students, standardized patients (SP), refugees and health care professionals. A lot of relevant information regarding the importance and ways that diversity could be incorporated into health care education were gleamed from the events. It was also stressed that this information could enable qualified nursing graduates develop greater skills and understanding of diversity and culture and its application in healthcare. These results form part of the project and its continuous development.

Nursing students, SPs´ and health care educators displayed enthusiasm regarding culturally complemented simulations and stated these comments among others: 

“There is little or no multiculturalism in simulations; I have never experienced any encounter with e.g. foreign-born or a hearing-impaired person or have used any sign language. This means, that so much work still needs to be done”!

“Many simulations are good, but if you add a cultural factor to the simulation, e.g. just one “different” player, it would be much better and comprehensive than before!”

“I believe in simulation training through examples and cultural diversity brings that.”

“The use of common sense is not forbidden and practices can be applied and changed if the outcome is better for the patient!

A major event in the project during 2018 was to provide the first version of the e-learning environment. In the Sim-Versity project, a web-based learning environment (web-hub) was developed for teachers, students, health care professionals and standardized patients. The ASPiH standards framework (2016), in combination with cultural competence standards are utilised in the project as the strategic base for good practice guidelines and simulation pedagogy. The Web-hub is a Word Press web site, which at the end of the project will contain a source of different materials that foster diversity education. Examples of this include a toolkit containing scenarios, models of practice, simulation exercises, cultural management and competence assessment tools. To date a number of culturally based simulation scenarios have been developed and are on the web hub which all relate to the diversity/cultural themes of the project including age, ethnicity, gender and disability. Simulation Centre Manager Nuala Walshe from Cork has developed a very useful and illustrative scenario template.

Another key development of the project is the Simulation Education Diversity Assessment Tool. During the autumn and winter of 2018, the project team had several meetings and developed the SEDAT tool collaboratively. Since the beginning of 2019 the partner organizations have commenced pilot testing the tool with participants who have previous experience of simulation education. The results of these pilot tests will be used in finalizing the development of the tool.

Picture 1. Sim-Versity meeting in sunny and beautiful Maribor on May 2018.

Picture 2. Sim-Versity meeting in wintery Kuopio on February 2019.

Picture 3. Kuopio meeting second day.