One of the challenges faced with Nursing and EMS educators right now is the limited number of students allowed in lab at one time due to COVID. In some states, the regulations require that labs only 4 to 6 students at one time. However, skills like IV insertion, intubation,and the like still require an instructor to assess and evaluate the student in person (and generally on a simulation dummy). This creates the need for more faculty, more scheduled lab times, and a higher overheard cost. CrossBraining can help alleviate these stressors.
How can Crossbraining help?
CrossBraining allows students to work on their own, without the constant need for instructor supervision. When working with simulation models, there is no risk of harm to a live patient. Therefore, the student can perform the required skills via a CrossBraining assignment and then self-evaluate prior to instructor assessment. Once the student is satisfied with the results, the instructor can then view the finished product and provide feedback as needed. All without having to be there in person.
How can this reduce time and cost?
Because students are self-assessing prior to instructor evaluation, there isn’t a need for as many instructors in lab at a time. One instructor can monitor the labs as students practice their skills and complete the CrossBraining assignments. Students will find that they are able to master the skill more quickly via the self-assessment, narration, and reflection questions provided by the instructor. Instructors can decrease the number of times they need to view the student doing the skill in person, and ideally may only have to do a final assessment once the student is fully prepared.
How does this help the student?
Having been a student in the program you are now teaching, you probably remember what it felt like having the instructor closely watch you when you were performing skills. It was stressful, and maybe you made mistakes you wouldn’t have made otherwise. When providing feedback during real time, students may not even remember what they did wrong because they were so nervous performing in front of their instructor. With CrossBraining, the students are able to catch those mistakes themselves before instructor provides feedback. When students are responsible for their own learning, they will be more motivated and in turn have greater success.