Look before you leap: lessons learned when introducing clinical simulation

Nurse Educ. Mar-Apr 2008;33(2):90-5. doi: 10.1097/01.NNE.0000299513.78270.99.


Before investing in a human patient simulator, we designed a preliminary study that examined student responses to a laboratory exercise that used lower-fidelity simulation. Our purpose was to compare beginning-level, baccalaureate nursing students' self-reported assessment in the domains of confidence, ability, stress, and critical thinking before and after they participated in the simulation. Results showed statistically significant improvement in all domains for skills in urinary catheterization, intravenous and nasogastric medication administration, and sterile dressing change.

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Bandages
  • Clinical Competence* / standards
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infusions, Intravenous / nursing
  • Intubation, Gastrointestinal / nursing
  • Male
  • Manikins*
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Self Efficacy
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*
  • Urinary Catheterization / nursing