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J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2012 Sep;24(9):536-43. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2012.00728.x. Epub 2012 May 3.

Blending technology in teaching advanced health assessment in a family nurse practitioner program: using personal digital assistants in a simulation laboratory.

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  • 1Mission Hospital, Asheville, NC, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This article describes the development and implementation of integrated use of personal handheld devices (personal digital assistants, PDAs) and high-fidelity simulation in an advanced health assessment course in a graduate family nurse practitioner (NP) program. A teaching tool was developed that can be utilized as a template for clinical case scenarios blending these separate technologies.

DATA SOURCES:

Review of the evidence-based literature, including peer-reviewed articles and reviews.

CONCLUSIONS:

Blending the technologies of high-fidelity simulation and handheld devices (PDAs) provided a positive learning experience for graduate NP students in a teaching laboratory setting. Combining both technologies in clinical case scenarios offered a more real-world learning experience, with a focus on point-of-care service and integration of interview and physical assessment skills with existing standards of care and external clinical resources. Faculty modeling and advance training with PDA technology was crucial to success.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE:

Faculty developed a general template tool and systems-based clinical scenarios integrating PDA and high-fidelity simulation. Faculty observations, the general template tool, and one scenario example are included in this article.

©2012 The Author(s) Journal compilation ©2012 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

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