Simulated settings; powerful arenas for learning patient safety practices and facilitating transference to clinical practice. A mixed method study

Nurse Educ Pract. 2016 Nov:21:75-82. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2016.10.003. Epub 2016 Oct 13.


Poor teamwork is an important factor in the occurrence of critical incidents because of a lack of non-technical skills. Team training can be a key to prevent these incidents. The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of nursing and medical students after a simulation-based interprofessional team training (SBITT) course and its impact on professional and patient safety practices, using a concurrent mixed-method design. The participants (n = 262) were organized into 44 interprofessional teams. The results showed that two training sequences the same day improved overall team performance. Making mistakes during SBITT appeared to improve the quality of patient care once the students returned to clinical practice as it made the students more vigilant. Furthermore, the video-assisted oral debriefing provided an opportunity to strengthen interprofessional teamwork and share situational awareness. SBITT gave the students an opportunity to practice clinical reasoning skills and to share professional knowledge. The students conveyed the importance of learning to speak up to ensure safe patient practices. Simulated settings seem to be powerful arenas for learning patient safety practices and facilitating transference of this awareness to clinical practice.

Keywords: Mixed method; Patient safety; Simulation-based interprofessional team training; Video-assisted oral debriefing.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence / standards
  • Curriculum / trends
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Learning*
  • Patient Care Team / trends*
  • Patient Safety*
  • Patient Simulation*
  • Students, Nursing
  • Surveys and Questionnaires