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Journal:   JOURNAL OF ADVANCES IN MEDICAL EDUCATION & PROFESSIONALISM   APRIL 2018 , Volume 6 , Number 2; Page(s) 86 To 91.
 
Paper: 

THE EFFECT OF CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS SIMULATION SOFTWARE ON THE NURSES’ LEARNING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 
 
Author(s):  BAZRAFKAN LEILA*, HEMMATI MEHDI
 
* SINA-SADRA HALLS COMPLEX, EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER, SHIRAZ UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, SHIRAZ, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Introduction: One of the important tasks of nurses in intensive care unit is interpretation of ECG. The use of training simulator is a new paradigm in the age of computers. This study was performed to evaluate the impact of cardiac arrhythmias simulator software on nurses’ learning in the subspecialty Vali-Asr Hospital in 2016.
Methods: This study was conducted by quasi-experimental randomized Salomon four group design with the participation of 120 nurses in subspecialty Vali-Asr Hospital in Tehran, Iran in 2016 that were selected purposefully and allocated in 4 groups. By this design other confounding factors such as the prior information, maturation and the role of sex and age were controlled by Solomon 4 design. The valid and reliable multiple choice test tools were used to gather information; the validity of the test was approved by experts and its reliability was obtained by Cronbach’s alpha coefficient 0.89. At first, the knowledge and skills of the participants were assessed by a pre-test; following the educational intervention with cardiac arrhythmias simulator software during 14 days in ICUs, the mentioned factors were measured for the two groups again by a post-test in the four groups. Data were analyzed using the two way ANOVA. The significance level was considered as p<0.05.
Results: Based on randomized four-group Solomon designs and our test results, using cardiac arrhythmias simulator software as an intervention was effective in the nurses’ learning since a significant difference was found between pre-test and post-test in the first group (p<0.05). Also, other comparisons by ANOVA test showed that there was no interaction between pre-test and intervention in all of the three knowledge areas of cardiac arrhythmias, their treatments and their diagnosis (p>0.05).
Conclusion: The use of software-based simulator for cardiac arrhythmias was effective in nurses’ learning in light of its attractive components and interactive method. This intervention increased the knowledge of the nurses in cognitive domain of cardiac arrhythmias in addition to their diagnosis and treatment. Also, the package can be used for training in other areas such as continuing medical education.

 
Keyword(s): CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIA, SOFTWARE, LEARNING, NURSING EDUCATION
 
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