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Celebrating Nurses During National Nurses Week and Everyday.

Nurses posing in front of a hospital for National Nurses Week

With around 4 million registered nurses in the US, it’s important to register our gratitude and reflect on the work that they do.  National Nurses Week concludes on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12th, and aims to celebrate and elevate America’s most trusted professionals.

There are many organizations supporting and elevating nursing professionals, for instance, the American Nursing Association (ANA) has been championing the interests of registered nurses for more than 100 years.  From advocacy to supporting nurses at all career stages, the ANA has been instrumental in implementing the gold standard in nurse credentialing.

It continues to be a vital requirement that nurses remain up-to-speed on the very latest developments in patient safety and healthcare procedures.  Having the opportunity to use medical simulation to enhance their training with life-like scenarios increases confidence and proficiency when working on the hospital ward.

Nurses, along with other healthcare professionals, are under continual scrutiny to provide safe, effective care to their patients.  Developing psychomotor skills in new graduates is one of the many benefits that training with simulators can bring.

Simulation training is recommended as a robust educational strategy in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health Care System.  The report states that “… health care organizations and teaching institutions should participate in the development and use of simulation for training novice practitioners, problem-solving and crisis management, especially when new and potentially hazardous procedures and equipment are introduced.”

The rise of whole-body, life-identical simulators, such as those developed by OEI in the fields of obstetrics, surgical and tactical casualty care, have fueled simulation as a clinical teaching aid.

Nursing students are required to think critically and not just simply to know how to perform procedures.  They are required to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care that they deliver in all settings.  Medical simulation provides a welcome opportunity to practice a variety of outcomes and to continually strive for improvement.  A lack of practical placements doesn’t impinge on the nursing practitioners learning experiences when medical simulation training can be used as an alternative.

For a dedicated profession that delivers approximately 90% of healthcare, it’s important to understand their ongoing educational needs. There are approximately 29 million nurses in the world that work in a variety of settings such as the government, schools, hospitals, homes and rehabilitation centers. The World Health Organization has estimated that there will be a need for 1 million extra nurses by the year 2020.  This need arises due to population density and that as we are living longer we need increased amounts of care as we get older.

Healthcare can be a highly complex profession and, therefore, it requires a commitment to ongoing education and training in order to deliver the highest quality care.  OEI is proud to provide nursing professionals with cutting-edge technology to aid their learning throughout their careers with simulators that follow the patient journey whatever the diagnosis.

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