Humanising Care Through Simulation
Start date: 24 June 2013
Background. A Humanising Care philosophy (Galvin and Todres, 2012) has been used to underpin the new undergraduate nursing curriculum at Bournemouth University. The central tenets reflect the Compassionate Care Model (Cummings and Bennett 2012) advocated by Jane Cummings, Chief Nurse for England. The aim is to produce nurses that always ‘put the patient first’ and demonstrate high quality, compassionate care. Simulation can allow students to develop skills required to deliver this through opportunities to engage in holistic practice in a safe environment; to learn by doing, exploring and reflecting on practice. Aim The aim of this poster is to depict how simulation can be utilised to allow nursing students to develop the skills and attributes required to consistently deliver high standards of care, that can reflect the 6 C’s; communication, care, courage, commitment, competence and compassion. Methods The simulation curriculum throughout the nursing programme is reviewed in light of the Humanistic approach and Compassionate Care Model and specifically mapped against the 6 Cs. This process and outcome forms the basis for the poster.
Findings Whilst much of the content of the simulation curriculum remained unaltered, it was found that the use of the 6 Cs approach enabled the simulation team to more overtly emphasise and give value to the less measurable but vital aspects of nursing, that is the attributes of nurses to ensure that ‘patients feel human’ whilst experiencing health care.
Conclusion The use of a simulated environment is able to provide opportunities for students to explore reflect upon and embed skills that promote practice based on the 6 C’s. Compassionate care should be a given; through emphasising this at every stage of the programme it is hoped that future nurses will not only practice this but lead others to do likewise.