Book Review: Healthcare Simulation Education: Evidence, Theory and Practice

★ ★

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 very theoretical approach to simulated practice learning and would be most suited to educators intending to introduce and develop simulation in health care curricula, as opposed to nurses in clinical practice.

The book, produced by the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare, is not specifically aimed at nurse educators but is intended to appeal to allied health educators, policymakers and researchers.

The most interesting part of the book is section five, which provides case studies of institutions using simulations. However, even this section adopts a theoretical approach to order the case studies.

I found it a very dry read and would suggest it is best suited as a reference book for institutions and educators unfamiliar with simulated learning. The book is divided into six sections and all are very ‘text heavy’. There are only a small number of pictures and diagrams, and those pictures that are provided are in black and white.

At £44.99 this is a pricey book, and it is not suitable as a programme or module text. As such I would suggest its appeal will be limited.

Debra Nestel, Michelle Kelly, Brian Jolly and Marcus Watson (Eds) | Wiley Blackwell | 249pp | £44.99 | ISBN: 9781119061595

Reviewed by Nikki Welyczko, head of division and principal lecturer Mental Health and Learning Disability), teacher fellow De Montfort University, Leicester 


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