Date of Award


Document Type

Evidence Based Nursing Education Project

Degree Name

Master Of Science In Nursing

Colleges & School

Ruth S. Coleman College Of Nursing And Health Sciences

First Advisor

Donald Miller, MSN, RN

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Health care teams; Communication in nursing; Nursing--Problems, exercises, etc.


Purpose: Breakdown in effective communication and teamwork among health care providers are the leading causes of preventable medical errors. The purpose of this literature review was to explore the use of interdisciplinary high fidelity simulation (HFS) programs to improve teamwork behaviors of practicing clinicians in acute care settings. Design and Methods: An integrative review of articles from 2010 through 2015 was conducted. Twelve studies that met inclusion and exclusion criteria that investigated the use of interdisciplinary HFS programs in acute care settings and evaluated the effects on teamwork behaviors of practicing clinicians were appraised and synthesized for practice recommendations. Findings and Conclusions: Three themes were identified through this review: (a) improved teamwork behaviors, (b) improved clinical performance, and (c) effective interdisciplinary HFS program design. Recommendations to implement interdisciplinary HFS programs to meet the needs of health care organizations were presented. HFS was identified as a valuable teaching method to promote teamwork behaviors among practicing clinicians and improve clinical performance in the acute care setting. Relevance to Nursing Education: Interdisciplinary HFS offers a feasible, sustainable solution to address interdisciplinary education needs to improve teamwork and clinical performance in health care.


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