Human patient simulators: a new face in baccalaureate nursing education at Brigham Young University

J Nurs Educ. 2005 Sep;44(9):421-5. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20050901-07.


Simulation has been used to augment learning in the health care professions. The human patient simulator (HPS) has been used primarily by medical students but is now being used by nursing students, as well. This study explored the benefits and limitations of using an HPS as a patient substitute for one day of actual clinical experience for junior nursing students. Learning outcomes included increased student knowledge, ability, and confidence in medication administration.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Clinical Competence* / standards
  • Drug Monitoring / nursing
  • Drug Therapy / nursing*
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / methods*
  • Games, Experimental
  • Humans
  • Manikins*
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Pain Measurement / nursing
  • Pain, Postoperative / diagnosis
  • Pain, Postoperative / drug therapy
  • Pain, Postoperative / nursing
  • Patient Simulation
  • Postoperative Care / nursing
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Role Playing
  • Self Efficacy
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Teaching / methods
  • Utah