The efficacy of simulation in nursing education

Summary

Over the last decade there has been a huge increase in the use of multi-level fidelity simulation within nurse education leading to the formal incorporation within nursing curriculum. Despite widespread adoption there is a paucity of information about the effectiveness of simulation as a superior learning tool, especially when compared with traditional teaching methods. This is particularly valid when attempting to differentiate when to incorporate simulation into learning situations. Moreover, the capability of simulation in nurse education to assist in the translation to clinical practice is also unknown. Previously, we have demonstrated an increase in self-efficacy in registered nurses following advanced life support training using high-fidelity simulation and the retention of confidence in clinical settings. Therefore, we are undertaking a series of studies to evaluate the impact of simulation on different aspects of teaching and learning. These involve comparative analysis between simulated and traditional teaching methods, student anxiety following immersive simulation and clinical realism using simulated environments.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Christopher Gordon

Research Location

Sydney Nursing School

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

Over the last decade there has been a huge increase in the use of multi-level fidelity simulation within nurse education leading to the formal incorporation within nursing curriculum. Despite widespread adoption there is a paucity of information about the effectiveness of simulation as a superior learning tool, especially when compared with traditional teaching methods. This is particularly valid when attempting to differentiate when to incorporate simulation into learning situations. Moreover, the capability of simulation in nurse education to assist in the translation to clinical practice is also unknown. Previously, we have demonstrated an increase in self-efficacy in registered nurses following advanced life support training using high-fidelity simulation and the retention of confidence in clinical settings. Therefore, we are undertaking a series of studies to evaluate the impact of simulation on different aspects of teaching and learning. These involve comparative analysis between simulated and traditional teaching methods, student anxiety following immersive simulation and clinical realism using simulated environments.

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Keywords

patient simulation, nursing education, comparative studies, students, assessment, anxiety, Nursing

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1269

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