Simulation videos presented in a blended learning platform to improve Australian nursing students' knowledge of family assessment

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Coyne, Elisabeth
Frommolt, Valda
Rands, Hazel
Kain, Victoria
Mitchell, Marion
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2018
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The provision of simulation to enhance learning is becoming common practice as clinical placement becomes harder to secure within Bachelor of Nursing programs. The use of simulation videos within a blended learning platform enables students to view best practice and provides relevant links between theory and practice. Four simulation videos depicting family assessment viewed by a cohort of Australian undergraduate nursing students were evaluated. These videos were professionally developed using actors and experienced family nurses.

Surveys were used to explore the students' self-assessed knowledge, confidence and learning preferences before and after exposure to blended learning resources. Students' engagement with the simulated videos was captured via the Learning Management System.

Time 1 survey was completed by 163 students and Time 2 by 91 students. There was a significant increase in students' perceived knowledge of family theory Item 1 from a mean 4.13 (SD = 1.04) at Time 1 to 4.74 (SD = 0.89) (Z = −4.54 p < 0.001) at Time 2; Item 2- Knowledge of family assessment improved from mean 3.91 (SD = 1.02) at Time 1 to 4.90 (SD = 0.67) (Z = −7.86 p < 0.001) at Time 2. Also a significant increase in their confidence undertaking family assessment Item 5 from a mean 3.55 (SD = 1.14) at Time 1 to 4.44 (SD = 0.85) (Z = −6.12 p < 0.001) at Time 2. The students watched the videos an average of 1.9 times.

The simulated videos as a blended learning resource increases the students' understanding of family assessment and is worth incorporating into future development of courses.

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Nurse Education Today
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Nursing
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Midwifery
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