January 19, 2024

The pre-conference workshop on “Simulation in Clinical Obstetrics," organized by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecological Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal, as part of the National Conference on Nurse-led Developments for Sustainable Healthcare in India, proved to be an insightful and enriching experience for the participants. The pre-conference workshop was held on 17th January 2024, from 2 to 5 pm.

Dr. Sonia R. B. D'Souza commenced the workshop by introducing the team members who would be facilitating various sessions. The dynamic team included Mrs. Sweety Jousline Fernandes, Mrs. Pratibha Kamath, and Ms. Anjana Sharma, each bringing their expertise to the forefront.

Mrs. Sweety Jousline Fernandes delivered a comprehensive session on the meaning of simulation, outlining the steps in the simulation process, and highlighting the benefits of simulation in healthcare settings. Through the use of case studies, participants were engaged in critical thinking, gaining a deeper understanding of the practical applications of simulation in obstetrics.

Mrs. Pratibha Kamath's session focused on the practical application of the peanut ball in labor. Covering its basics, history, appropriate usage, safety considerations, and various positions, participants gained valuable insights into enhancing maternal care during the active phase of labor. The detailed session provided a holistic view of the peanut ball's role in facilitating normal delivery.

Ms. Anjana Sharma led an informative session on the Lamaze technique, elucidating its components and the different breathing techniques involved.

The workshop incorporated an enactment component, allowing participants to observe the application of skills by student nurses in conducting a normal delivery. This involved planning and executing delivery in the labor delivery room, integrating the use of the peanut ball during the active phase of labor and teaching Lamaze techniques. Following the practical sessions, a thorough debriefing was conducted, providing participants with the opportunity to reflect on their observations and experiences. Feedback was taken from the attendees, fostering an interactive and participatory learning environment.

In total, 22 participants benefited from the workshop, gaining practical knowledge and skills that will undoubtedly contribute to their professional development. The workshop not only served as a platform for learning but also facilitated the exchange of ideas and best practices among healthcare professionals in the field of obstetrics and gynaecological nursing, thus contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3 and 4, which are “Good Health and Well-being” and “Quality Education”, respectively.