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Improving Engagement and Collaboration Among Nursing Residents Through Escape Room Utilization
by Yosanovich, Kristin, D.N.P., McKendree University, 2020, 124; 27956502
Abstract (Summary)

• New graduate nurses need to provide safe, quality care to diverse patient populations in a consistently changing health care system. Research has shown that millennial nurses struggle to stay engaged based on how they interact, learn, and communicate in educational settings.

• The literature identified a lack of engagement from the millennial generation as compared to other generations of new nursing graduates.

• The purpose of this project was to develop a curriculum change for the Vizient ® RN Residency at Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) to promote learning engagement for new graduate nurse residents, specifically impacting the millennial generation, through an innovative escape room exercise.

• A select group of SIH critical care nurse residents participated in an inaugural escape room exercise consisting of events that unfold from clues and events in a simulated patient environment.

• The project gathered data from the escape room implementation by incorporating a pretest/posttest, an engagement survey to identify drivers of workforce engagement including cognitive, emotional, and physical attributes, as well as, an escape room satisfaction survey to examine engagement within millennial, critical care residents.

• This project serves as a curricular model for other NPD departments and various other healthcare organizations examining integration of an innovative escape room activity to train staff. Implementation of an escape room activity demonstrated an increase in engagement from millennials which can be linked to better patient outcomes, job satisfaction, team-building, and organizational retention.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Albers, Janice
Commitee: Hart, Kari, Neuhaus, Rhonda
School: McKendree University
Department: School of Nursing and Health Professions
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 81/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing
Keywords: Collaboration, Engagement, Escape room, Innovative learning activities, Milennial generation, Nurse residency
Publication Number: 27956502
ISBN: 9798641839424
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