Book review: Healthcare Simulation Education
Best used for reference, this book adopts a theoretical approach to simulated practice learning.
Healthcare Simulation Education: Evidence, Theory and Practice
Debra Nestel, Michelle Kelly, Brian Jolly et al (Eds) | Wiley Blackwell | £44.99 | 249pp | ISBN: 9781119061595
Simulation is a learning and teaching strategy that complements practice learning in real-life situations with patients.
It helps to prepare students and healthcare professionals for their roles, and offers conceptual knowledge and skill development.
This book adopts a theoretical approach to simulated practice learning and would be most suited to educators intending to introduce and develop simulation in healthcare curricula, rather than nurses in clinical practice.
Produced by the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare, it is not aimed specifically at nurse educators, but is intended to appeal to allied health educators, policy makers and researchers.
It is divided into six sections and all are text heavy. There are only a small number of pictures and diagrams, and the pictures are in black and white.
Its most interesting section, the fifth, provides case studies of institutions using simulations. However, even this section adopts a theoretical approach to order the studies.
I found the book a dry read and would suggest it is best suited as a reference book for institutions and educators unfamiliar with simulated learning.
This is also a pricey book, and it is not suitable as a programme or module text, so I would suggest its appeal will be limited.
Reviewed by Nikki Welyczko, head of division and principal lecturer (mental health and learning disability) and teacher fellow, De Montfort University, Leicester