Using QSEN Competencies during a Tornado Disaster Simulation

Submitter Information

Author: Georgine Berent, ED, RN-BC, ACRN
Title: Associate Professor
Institution: MacMurray College
Email: georgine.berent@mac.edu
Coauthors: Cheryl Smith, MSN, RN & Kenneth Burns, PhD, RN

Competency Category(s)
Patient-Centered Care, Safety

Learner Level(s)
Continuing Education, Pre-Licensure BSN, RN to BSN

Learner Setting(s)
Skills or Simulation Laboratories

Strategy Type

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this simulation experience, the learner will be able to:

1.         Demonstrate the collaboration needed after a natural disaster;

2.         Comprehend one’s role/purpose during recovery;

3.         Evaluate victims after a natural disaster;

4.         Recognize the needs of others not injured during the disaster;

5.         Understand the triage levels and color coding of victims;

6.         Demonstrate teamwork;

7.         Practice delivering safe patient-centered care.

Safety:  Hands-on learning simulation that identifies safety issues in a school cafeteria after a Level 4 tornado. (Knowledge & Skills)

Teamwork and Collaboration: Hands-on learning simulation that requires multi-disciplinary teams (nursing, social work, psychology, criminal justice, and homeland security students) to work together as first responders to a Level 4 tornado. Teams must triage injured children. (Knowledge, Skills, & Attitudes)

Patient-Centered Care: Hands-on learning simulation that requires multi-disciplinary teams to respond to injured children meeting their physical, emotional, and psychological needs to lessen the impact and minimize possible PTSD. (Knowledge, Skills, & Attitudes)

Strategy Overview

Simulation: Level 4 tornado touched down at a K- 8 school hitting the lunchroom.  Debris and victims are scattered about the area.  Some victims are crying; some are selectively mute; some are injured.  Nursing students along with social work and psychology students must complete triage and minimize the psychological trauma. (Homeland security and criminal justice students can participate in this simulation:  Homeland Security: Set up a command post or Emergency Operations Center – EOC; responsible for information sharing, resource allocations, and the smooth delivery of effective service; Criminal Justice: Secure the area; screen all persons entering examining ID badges—remember, this is a disaster area and only qualified responders are allowed in area. Keep parents, concerned citizens, the press, and others outside the triage area.)

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Evaluation Description

Describe evaluation methods and your assessments (anecdotal or data-based) of learning outcomes and student/faculty satisfaction with this strategy.

Please answer the following:

1.  The purpose of the Level 4 Tornado Simulation was clear and understandable.

A.            Strongly disagree

B.            Disagree

C.            Agree

D.            Strongly agree

2.  The team communicated effectively with the victims.

A.            Strongly disagree

B.            Disagree

C.            Agree

D.            Strongly agree

3.  The teams communicated effectively between each other.

A.            Strongly disagree

B.            Disagree

C.            Agree

D.            Strongly agree 

4.  The actions during the simulation were patient focused.         

A.            Strongly disagree

B.            Disagree

C.            Agree

D.            Strongly agree

5.  Interventions made by teams were appropriate.          

A.            Strongly disagree

B.            Disagree

C.            Agree

D.            Strongly agree 

 6.  The content was appropriate supporting the objectives.

A.            Strongly disagree

B.            Disagree

C.            Agree

D.            Strongly agree 

7.  The teaching method was effective for the subject matter.

A.            Strongly disagree

B.            Disagree

C.            Agree

D.            Strongly agree 

8.  The content added to my knowledge.

A.            Strongly disagree

B.            Disagree

C.            Agree

D.            Strongly agree 

9.  The speakers were effective presenters.

A.            Strongly disagree

B.            Disagree

C.            Agree

D.            Strongly agree 

10.  This information will affect my professional practice.

A.            Strongly disagree

B.            Disagree

C.            Agree

D.            Strongly agree