Healthcare System Adds Escape Room to Clinical Education | Journals in education
The Southeast Georgia Health System Clinical Education Team has taken an out-of-the-box approach to help nursing professionals earn their continuing education credits.
The team created an escape room last year to be part of the clinical nurse education program.
Escape Rooms, popular learning and entertainment activities, provide an interactive opportunity for productive learning and collaboration.
“The escape room promotes a real-time, self-guided learning experience, as opposed to direct instruction from a conference or skills fair. It makes the experience so much more meaningful, ”said Michelle Cox, Head of Clinical Education and Health System Team Members. “There is critical thinking, communication and cooperative problem solving taking place in the room. It’s exciting to watch. “
Nursing professionals are required annually to complete continuing education credits to meet state requirements for license renewal.
They normally do this through conferences and skill fairs.
In an escape room activity, participants are locked in a room and then presented with a story and a series of challenges to “escape”.
Nurses in the healthcare system had to work together to find clues, solve puzzles, and complete clinical tasks to earn their escape, with each session covering up to 10 different nursing-related topics.
A moderator was present to offer assistance, but the teammates had drawn on each other’s knowledge and clinical experiences to move forward.
Escape room attendees performed within a 45-minute time frame, which fostered the type of quick thinking that’s relevant in a medical setting, Cox said.
“So far, everyone seems to really enjoy this kind of learning,” she said. “Each team comes up with a creative name, and it has become a real competition to see who can escape the hall in the shortest possible time. We now have a leaderboard, which tracks the top 10 teams, which has created a fun rivalry between them. “
Once the team has escaped, the group meets with the educators to debrief what they learned during the session.
The healthcare system has been offering weekly breakout sessions at its education development center since fall 2020 and plans to continue the popular program.
“The team members feel they have really learned something and appreciate the interdepartmental collaboration,” said Cox.