Fun and games in reviewing neonatal emergency care

Neonatal Netw. 1995 Apr;14(3):45-9.


Objective: To develop a game-based review instrument for use by newborn caregivers in preparing for emergency situations.

Design: One hundred and one test questions covering pathophysiology, resuscitation, and medications were developed. The questions then underwent expert and peer review, psychometric testing for content validity and test-retest reliability, and a game trial.

Analysis: The needs of adult learners are different from those of other learners. The gaming format uses knowledge gained through experience and provides an avenue for validating knowledge and sharing experiences. This format has been found effective for review and reinforcement of facts. Twelve nurses participated in a trial game and completed a written evaluation using a Likert scale.

Conclusion: The Neonatal Emergency Trivia Game is an effective tool for reviewing material related to neonatal emergency care decisions. Additional testing with a larger group would strengthen validity and reliability data.

MeSH terms

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / education*
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / methods*
  • Emergencies / nursing
  • Games, Experimental*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Neonatal Nursing / education*
  • Psychometrics