Incorporating simulation in curricula is a strategy that provides innovative opportunities to address the challenges of preparing learners for the complexities of clinical practice (Jefferies, 2007). However, where students have had limited exposure to clinical practice their understanding of the context of this may impact on the quality of the learning experience. This is especially so when students are expected to engage in simulation activities that include role play. Using learning objects as a teaching tool and embedding these within the structure of simulation can enhance the quality of the learning experience through facilitating an understanding of the practice context, including how patients present (Windle, McCormick, Dandrea & Wharrad 2011).
This presentation outlines the development and use of a DVD that depicted a series of scenarios related to the assessment and care of a patient with delirium, and how this was incorporated within the structure of simulation in the Challenges of Ageing subject in the Bachelor of Nursing at The University of Wollongong. The results of an initial evaluation of the usefulness of using the DVD as a learning object in simulation, including student and staff perspectives will be presented. Incorporating learning objects in simulation has transferability to other health professions and will be of interest to academics and practitioners interested in teaching methods that prepare students for simulation and enhance the quality of the learning experience.