Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Dr. Elizabeth Schurman
Dr. Tiffany Greer
Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Despite being a top healthcare priority, patient safety remains a problem in the U.S. with hundreds of thousands of annual patient deaths due to medical errors. Communication breakdowns within the healthcare team are a key factor in poor patient outcomes and in relatively low retention rates among healthcare professionals, especially nurses. To prepare nursing students for a successful entry into the profession, nurse educators must consider alternate strategies for teaching communication skills to a new generation of students. This qualitative study explored the use of a game-based escape room as part of a multi-part communication lesson plan and its impact on student perceptions of the value of communication in healthcare. The data for the current study was collected from a small sample of nursing students representing multiple generations at a Midwestern community college. The study found that the educational escape room raised awareness among nursing students of the importance of communication to a healthcare team. It also highlighted the greater affinity of younger students for immersive game approaches in education. These findings indicate the need and opportunity of including non-traditional teaching methods in nursing curriculum tailored for the unique learning profiles of a new generation of nursing students.
Moyar, Leslie, "CAN YOU TALK YOUR WAY OUT OF THIS? AN EDUCATIONAL ESCAPE ROOM" (2023). Ed.D. Dissertations. 146.
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Dr. Leslie Moyar is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Illinois-Chicago and is a practicing Nurse Practitioner specializing in acute care. She lives with her family in Chicago, Illinois.