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Learning Outcomes Associated with Simulation Activities in Nursing Programs

Nursing Research on the Green

2012 Abstract

Stacia K. Madsen BSN, RN MSN Student
Viterbo University

  • Background: High-fidelity simulation offers a learning environment in which students learn responses to interventions with an advanced computerized mannequin called the Human Patient Simulator.
  • Significance: Simulation engages students in role-playing allowing for achievement of multiple outcomes in a simulated clinical setting without harming the patient.
  • Purpose/objective: The purpose of this integrative review of literature is to address the following question: “What are associated learning outcomes among nursing students who receive high fidelity simulation learning experiences?”
  • Methods: Literature published from 2005 to 2011 was reviewed and the inclusion criteria consisted of quantitative and qualitative study, peer reviewed, limited to the English language, and BSN and ADN programs. Nine articles met the inclusion criteria.
  • Results: Seven of 9 indicated learning outcomes were affected with the use of high fidelity simulation and 2 out 9 articles reported no affect. The learning outcomes affected by use of high fidelity simulation included increased knowledge, self-confidence, critical thinking, organizational skills, self efficacy, communication, and clinical judgment.
  • Clinical Implications: The findings of this review offers information to guide teaching practices among nurse educators for planning and evaluating simulation activities.

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