oa Curationis - Use of the step-up action research model to improve trauma-related nursing educational practice : original research

Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0379-8577
  • E-ISSN: 2223-6279



A lack of authentic learning opportunities influence the quality of emergency training of nursing students. The purpose of this article is to describe how the step-up action research model was used to improve the quality of trauma-related educational practice of undergraduate nursing students.

To reduce deaths caused by trauma, healthcare workers should be competent to provide emergency care and collaborate effectively with one another.
A simulated mass casualty incident, structured to support the integration of theory into practice, became a more rigorous action research activity which focused on the quality improvement of the mass casualty incident.
The results indicated improved student learning; partnership appreciation; improved student coping mechanisms, and increased student exposure. Quality emergency training thus results in better real-life collaboration in emergency contexts.
The step-up action research model proved to be a collaborative and flexible process. To improve the quality and rigour of educational programmes it is therefore recommended that the step-up action research model be routinely used in the execution of educational practices.

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