Improving Communication among Multidisciplinary Team Members through Simulation-Based Competency
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.