Improving Communication among Multidisciplinary Team Members through Simulation-Based Competency

Gina L. Purdue, Eastern Kentucky University


The importance of nursing competency and development of expertise in the health care environment has been validated in the literature. Simulation is one evidence-based option for development of knowledge and competency that has been shown to be successful in aviation, college-based nursing education, and in nursing staff education. Results of this project support the benefit of a simulation-based program for evaluation and assurance of staff nurses’ competencies. Simulation-based competency was successful in improving communication among multidisciplinary team members through a specific communication technique: Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation (SBAR). The nurses showed significant improvements in both knowledge and confidence of SBAR and the majority of nurses rated the experience as positive.