Skip to main content

Jayne Josephsen Celebrates Publication of Manuscript to the Clinical Simulation in Nursing Journal

Portrait of Jayne Josephsen

Jayne Josephsen, associate professor for the School of Nursing, is celebrating the publication of her manuscript, “Cognitive Load Measurement, Worked-Out Modeling, and Simulation,” in the October 2018 peer reviewed journal Clinical Simulation in Nursing.

For this project, Josephsen studied the implementation of worked-out modeling (WOM) in the briefing of students prior to simulation in order to measure post-simulation knowledge and cognitive load experienced. Josephsen defines WOM as “the modelling of a skill or procedure by a registered nurse paired with the verbal and gestural description of the critical thinking processes.”

Josephsen conducted the study by using a sample of 61 senior-level nursing students who had previously participated in a simulation. The 61 students were split into two test groups; one was a controlled group and the other a treatment group. The controlled group performed the usual pre-simulation reading assignment, went through usual briefing, orientation, and question/answer time prior to simulation. The treatment group of students went through the same pre-simulation preparation but it was shortened to also allow the showing of a 10-minute WOM video that contained an expert nurse performing the simulation and providing a verbal description of the thinking processes.

A pre-simulation and a post-simulation survey were conducted with both groups to measure the overall cognitive load experienced during simulation. As a result, Josephsen found that further research concerning WOM in the pre-simulation preparation is required as she discovered that using surveys as a cognitive load measurement tool for the study required caution when attempting to interpret large amounts of data. Therefore, a revised tool and further research is planned to examine the measurement tool to further interpret results.

Read the full article: “Cognitive Load Measurement, Worked-Out Modeling, and Simulation.”