The purpose of this scholarly project was to examine the use of a high-fidelity simulation workshop to improve accuracy with pediatric dosage calculations among practicing pediatric nurses. The NLN Jeffries Simulation Theory provided a framework for this descriptive quantitative project. A convenience sample of 15 pediatric nurses completed a 10-question pediatric dosage calculation pre-test, a high-fidelity simulation workshop, a 10-question pediatric dosage calculation post-test, and a post-simulation evaluation survey. In addition, a one-month follow-up 10-question pediatric dosage calculation post-test and a one-month follow-up post- high-fidelity simulation workshop survey were administered via Survey Monkey©, in which 12 pediatric nurse participants completed. Pre-tests and post-tests were analyzed for central tendency and a t-test analysis was performed for statistical significance. Results revealed statistical significance between pre-test and post-test as well as statistical significance between post-test and one-month follow-up post-test. The Likert scale post-simulation survey and one month post-simulation survey were analyzed for central tendency. The results from the post simulation survey and one-month follow-up survey revealed the participants agreed to strongly agreed the high-fidelity simulation workshop impacted their proficiency and accuracy in calculating pediatric dosages. The findings from this project provides insights into the use of high-fidelity simulation as a continuing education tool for the practicing pediatric nurse in relation to pediatric medication efficacy.
|Commitee:||Fickley, Cindy, Kelly, Susan|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Health education|
|Keywords:||Dosage calculations, High-fidelity simulation, Pediatrics|
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