Constructing maternal-child learning experiences using clinical simulations

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2009 Sep-Oct;38(5):613-23. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2009.01060.x.


Clinical simulations are gaining more attention in the field of maternal-child health and allow nursing programs and service organizations to assess competency of students and staff in key patient safety situations. Nursing and midwifery programs, orientations, and yearly reaccreditation modules commonly include simulation on postpartum hemorrhage, placenta abruption, shoulder distocia, and other high-risk, low-incidence emergency events. This article describes the use of simulations by educators and managers as teaching or professional development strategies.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence*
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / methods*
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / methods*
  • Faculty, Nursing / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Manikins*
  • Maternal-Child Nursing / education*
  • Models, Educational
  • Models, Nursing
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Patient Simulation*
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Program Development
  • Role Playing
  • Students, Nursing / psychology
  • Teaching
  • User-Computer Interface