Pediatric Anesthesia Educational Workshop and Clinical Competence: An Experimental Study
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Increased potential for pediatric adverse events has resulted in the need for advanced anesthesia training to improve competency. The purpose of this study was to determine if an enhanced educational workshop would increase students’ competencies in pediatric anesthesia practice related to a prescribed high-fidelity clinical scenario. Theoretical Framework: Framework, From Novice to Expert, by Patricia Benner, provided context for this project. Methods: Thirty nurse anesthesia students were randomized into control and intervention groups. The intervention group received an enhanced pediatric workshop. Both groups participated and were evaluated in an inhalation induction and laryngospasm scenario. Data Analysis: Subjects were scored using the MEPA AC and GRS by two blinded independent raters in real-time. Descriptive statistics and an independent t-test were tested. Results: The intervention group had statistically higher AC (M = 15.13, SD = 2.67) and GRS (M = 4.87, SD = 1.19) scores than students in the control group AC (M = 8.4, SD = 2.72) and GRS (M = 3.07, SD = 1.03), p = 0.01. Discussion: Data confirmed that the enhanced pediatric workshop was successful in improving student competency scores in pediatric anesthesia simulated practice.