Enhancing clinical practice and education with high-fidelity human patient simulators

Nurse Educ. Jan-Feb 2004;29(1):25-30. doi: 10.1097/00006223-200401000-00008.


Research shows that students exhibit increased autonomy and self-confidence when delivering patient care after practicing first with high-fidelity human patient simulators (HPS). Practicing clinical skills on a high-fidelity HPS allows students to learn in a highly adaptable, safe educational environment that fosters autonomy, independence, and the development of sound analytical skills. The author discusses the use of patient simulators in nursing education, a definition of a high-fidelity HPS, and their value to clinical practice and education. A cost-effective example of how to acquire a high-fidelity HPS without going over budget is provided.

MeSH terms

  • Budgets
  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / economics
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / methods*
  • Financial Management / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Manikins*
  • Marketing
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Software*