I was very fortunate to receive a grant from CTE for the above proposal. When I applied for consideration I included the following as objectives for the grant proposal:
- Employ highly realistic simulation-based video teaching interventions (SBVTI) to facilitate nurse anesthesia students acquiring essential clinical skills and knowledge.
- Enhance the critical thinking of students in the complex domain of anesthesia critical care with SBVTI.
- Develop a collaborative teaching effort with students in developing modules that present essential patient safety-related course material using SBVTI.
- Design curricular modules that are based upon and address the diverse learning styles of adult learners that can be accessed using SBVTI.
- Increase the potential for other members of the faculty to integrate newly developed SBVTIs into their classroom approaches.
- Evaluate the efficacy of SBVTI in the educational process of anesthesia graduate students and assess the potential application in other teaching domains.
I can say, without hesitation, that each of these objectives has been met as a result of the generous funding that I received. Benchmark indicators of success include the following:
- Two SBVTIs were produced. One involving anesthesia machine/device set up and safety considerations. A second teaching vignette, on the complex task of inserting a breathing tube into a patient was also produced. Both of these are now staples in the curriculum of the graduate students in the program of nurse anesthesia here at the university. Both have been wonderfully received by the students of the program.
- As a result of these films, a collaborative (and soon to be funded) effort has been arranged between the Department and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (Chicago) to continue to produce such films as a Continuing Education Program for clinical nurse anesthetists nationwide. A series of films (SBVTI) will be produced over the next 2 years that will be specifically directed at the National Scope and Standards of Practice of for Nurse Anesthetists. The funding provided by CTE was directly responsible for this collaboration, as it allowed us to produce realistic, high quality educational materials.
- At this year’s Virginia Patient Safety Convention held here in Richmond (May 2006) I was awarded the Best Presentation in Patient Safety Award for my presentation that involved one of the funded SBVTIs (the one on machine/device safety). This simply would not have been possible without the generous funding of the CTE program. This award brought local and national attention to the patient safety work we are doing here at VCU.
- At this year’s National Meeting of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Dr. Michael Fallacaro (my department chairman) and myself presented data and a portion of a SBVTI that resulted from the CTE program. The film and lecture received accolades from the 500+ people in attendance at this lecture. The evaluations noted that the approach was novel, innovative and an attractive alternative to traditional teaching approaches.
- We are in the process of publishing an on-going outcome study of the impact of the SBVTI as an alternative and valid teaching strategy.
All of the above (and more) has been a direct result of the funding I received from CTI. I am pleased to say that the initiative has exceeded our initial expectations and that the offspring of the funded project has set into motion patient safety and scholarly activities for the Department of Nurse Anesthesia that will continue for many years to come.
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