Date of Award

Spring 1984

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

"Graduate Nurse" is an educational simulation game designed by Christina R. Bach at Marquette University in April 1984. The purpose of the game is to provide junior and senior nursing students with the opportunity to test their knowledge and problem solving skills by means of simulated situations comparable to those which they will encounter after graduation. It is hoped that participation in the simulation game will enable students to evaluate their skills and assist in preparation for future employment as graduate nurses. The game format is that of a board game. Students are required to answer questions related to patient care in three broad categories: "Nursing Process", "tests and Medications". and "Patient Teaching". The questions in these categories were developed from four patient vignettes depicting common patient health problems. The vignettes are titles "Miss Dyspnea", "Mr. Hart", "Mrs. Sweet", and "Mr. Tumor". These patients are diagnosed as having pneumonia, coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus and cancer of the colon respectively. Also included in the game is a "Crisis" card deck intended to familiarize students with stressful events that may be encountered in the work environment. It is hoped that "Graduate Nurse" will provide nurse educators with another teaching strategy to employ in student career preparation and serve as a basis for nursing research comparing the effectiveness of different teaching strategies.

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