Title Simulated midwifery Country/Territory Australia Date 28/08/18 Description Thanks to a new virtual reality tool created at the University of Newcastle, midwifery students’ first experience of neonatal resuscitation no longer needs to be a confronting real-life situation on a maternity ward.
Speaking at the NSWNMA’s Annual Conference in July, researchers Donovan Jones and Shanna Fealy explained how students are now immersing themselves in a virtual simulation of a labour ward where they can practice their resuscitation skills.
The technology, which works in real time using simulated clinical data, enables students to learn safely, Donovan says.
“I want people to be able to ‘fail safely’, to go back and look at the analytics and the data they collect when they go through these training scenarios.”
Shanna notes that it is “getting harder to avail our students of clinical experiences, and we can’t simulate them all using task trainers [lifelike models]”.
For some students, their first introduction to complicated births “is the abrupt reality of an actual procedure, which can be confronting”.
URL https://www.nswnma.asn.au/simulated-midwifery/ Persons Shanna Fealy