A lack of confidence in performing basic life support (BLS) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) is recognized as a clinical problem that can impede a nurse’s ability to effectively deliver these forms of life-sustaining care. A promising strategy, in situ mock codes, have been demonstrated to enhance confidence and retention of BLS and ACLS skills among nursing staff in acute care settings.

In situ mock codes are conducted in clinical settings that offer opportunities for nurses to practice delivering BLS and ACLS under psychologically nonthreatening conditions. Despite the promise of in situ mock codes, there remains insufficient evidence of the effects of this training on the nursing staff’s confidence levels and task performance.

To describe the effects of in situ codes on nursing staff training outcomes, the authors developed an in situ mock code program and evaluated its effects on nursing staff confidence levels and measures of task performance....

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