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May 25, 2023

The Pregnant Patient Simulator: Enhancing OB Nursing Education

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Ginelle Testa
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Description: Discover the transformative impact of pregnant patient simulators in OB nursing education, especially when paired with today’s virtual reality technology. 

Pregnant patient simulators have revolutionized the field of obstetric nursing education by providing a realistic training experience for students. Immersive virtual reality simulation is an advanced simulator modality that offers numerous benefits that enhance learning, equipping future nurses with the skills and confidence needed to provide high-quality care to pregnant patients. 

At UbiSim, the world’s first VR training platform built especially for nurses, we have seven OB GYN nurse scenarios that are customizable by instructors. 

This article will explore five advantages of using pregnant patient simulators in OB nursing education.

1. Realism and Immersion

Pregnant patient simulators provide unparalleled realism and immersion in the training environment. These simulators accurately replicate pregnant patients' anatomy, physiology, and behavioral responses, allowing students to practice a wide range of clinical skills. From performing a focused intrapartum nursing assessment to communicating the patient and fetus condition to the provider using SBARs, students can apply their theoretical knowledge and critical thinking in a safe and controlled setting. The realistic nature of the simulations enhances the student's ability to transfer their skills to real-life scenarios.

2. Risk-Free Learning Environment

Simulators create a risk-free learning environment where students can make mistakes and learn from them without compromising patient safety. OB nursing involves complex procedures and decision-making, and pregnant patient simulators allow students to practice these skills repeatedly until they achieve proficiency. By encountering various obstetric challenges in a simulated setting, students can develop their clinical judgment skills and gain confidence in managing different scenarios.

3. Customizable Scenarios

UbiSim offers the flexibility of customizable scenarios, catering to the specific needs and curriculum requirements of nursing programs. Instructors can adjust parameters such as gestational age, fetal presentation, or maternal complications to create tailored learning opportunities. This adaptability enables students to encounter a wide range of obstetric challenges, preparing them for the diverse scenarios they may encounter in their nursing careers.

UbiSim currently offers seven OB scenarios:

  • Maureen Moore - A Pregnant Female with Prelabor Rupture of Membranes
  • Jessica Wong - A Pregnant Female With a GBS Infection
  • Laura Lewis - Management of the First Stage of Labor
  • Jennifer Lee - A Pregnant Female with a Scheduled Induction of Labor
  • Leslie Chan - A Pregnant Female with Preeclampsia
  • Sandra Garces - A Pregnant Female with Hyperemesis Gravidarum
  • Hana Kamiya-Johnson - A Pregnant Female in Preterm Labor

4. Hands-On Skill Development

The hands-on nature of pregnant patient simulators facilitates practical skill development. Students can practice essential tasks such as looking at the fetal heart rate monitor, assessing uterine contractions and doing fundal assessments. Additionally, simulators accurately simulate the process of labor and delivery, allowing students to understand the stages of labor, manage complications, and respond to emergency situations. By actively participating in these realistic simulations, students can refine their skills, enhance their critical thinking abilities, and become better prepared for real-life obstetric scenarios.

5. Increased Confidence and Competence

By using pregnant patient simulators, nursing students can develop increased confidence and competence in managing complex obstetric scenarios. The realistic simulations enable students to practice their skills, make informed decisions, and refine their communication abilities. This enhanced confidence translates into improved patient care as graduates enter the workforce feeling better prepared to provide optimal care to pregnant patients.

Conclusion

Pregnant patient simulators offer significant benefits for OB nursing education. By incorporating these scenarios into nursing programs, educators can better prepare students for the challenges they may encounter in their careers, ensuring the delivery of high-quality care to pregnant patients.

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Ginelle Testa
UbiSim Story Teller

As an integral center of UbiSim's content team, Ginelle pens stories on the rapidly changing landscape of VR in nursing simulation. Ginelle is committed to elevating the voices of practicing nurses, nurse educators, and program leaders who are making a difference.

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