Background Clinical simulation is still a relatively new teaching concept (within the last 15 years) the Nursing and Midwifery Council (N.M.C.) recommend that up to 300 hours be embedded into the undergraduate nursing curriculum in the UK
This recommendation is seen to partially address the need to guarantee specific clinical experience for the student. The use of moulage (applying casualty make up for training purposes) within clinical simulation is comparatively non-existent, although its use adds another layer to the authenticity of the simulation session.
Method The students learning experience within a simulated session can increase by introducing moulage. While it had previously been used in other modules, moulage was introduced into a module on wound care. Feedback was collected from 71 students via questionnaires over an eighteen month period. This research set out to establish if students felt that moulage impacted on the authenticity of their simulation experience.
Conclusion Findings indicated that the students were overwhelmingly positive about the use of moulage within the module. Feedback highlighted that students felt their experience within the simulation sessions had been heightened due to the use of realistic authentic wounds. This addition has given the learner a three dimensional experience, critically the learner is able to assess the simulated wound rather than look at photographs.
It was determined the use of moulage in wound care modules would continue and be introduced into the pre-registration and post registration nursing program, as well as Operating Department Practitioner practical teaching sessions.
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