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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



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Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Gina Purdue, DNP, RN, CNE

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Second Advisor

Molly Bradshaw, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing


Emergency Department nurses must maintain the skills to manage OB emergencies in the ED, especially in hospitals with no OB unit. Limited contact with OB patients diminishes the self-confidence, knowledge and skill of ED nurses, which may minimize their ability to recognize OB problems in a timely manner. As increasing numbers of patients with OB emergencies are expected to seek care in rural EDs due to closure of rural OB units and rising OB risk factors, maintenance of OB skills by ED nurses is critical. Simulation has been identified in the literature as an effective strategy to help nurses advance their OB skills. A global pandemic precluded implementation of simulation training in the ED, resulting in implementation of an online simulation with baccalaureate nursing students. Results of the project indicated online didactic followed by online simulation pertaining to care of a patient with an OB emergency in the ED yielded a high level of satisfaction in learning and self-confidence among nursing students.

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