Patient care simulations: role playing to enhance clinical understanding

Nurs Educ Perspect. Nov-Dec 2005;26(6):357-61.


Role-play techniques can serve as an effective substitute for, and supplement to, simulation technology when teaching clinical nursing skills. They provide risk-free opportunities to practice clinical skills and develop clinical judgment. A two-phase patient care simulation, performed in real time, is described. Students are presented with a scenario and work cooperatively in role-playing appropriate care, with one student using a prepared script to assume the role of patient. The class functions as a resource for four students who assume the nursing role. Students reported increased understanding of course material as a result of participation in the clinical simulation scenario. Faculty observed a decreased failure rate on the corresponding course examination.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Critical Care
  • Education, Nursing, Associate / organization & administration*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Faculty, Nursing
  • Humans
  • Hypoxia / nursing
  • Nurse's Role / psychology*
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Process
  • Patient Simulation*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Role Playing*
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*
  • Time Factors