The development of evidence-based clinical simulation scenarios: guidelines for nurse educators

J Nurs Educ. 2010 Jan;49(1):29-35. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20090916-07. Epub 2010 Jan 4.


Clinical simulation has been recognized as a teaching method using learning exercises that closely mimic real-life situations. The development of evidence-based clinical simulation scenarios and guidelines for nurses is an important step in redesigning nursing education. These scenarios are created for students to learn in a safe environment. Simulated clinical experience requires immersing students in a representative patient-care scenario, a setting that mimics the actual environment with sufficient realism to allow learners to suspend disbelief. The purpose of this article is to discuss the Bay Area Simulation Collaborative's development of guidelines for effective evidence-based scenarios for use in hospitals and nursing schools. Six scholarly articles were reviewed and evaluated to determine whether evidence-based guidelines for scenario development exist and whether consensus in the literature regarding best practice is evident.

MeSH terms

  • Benchmarking
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction* / methods
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate* / methods
  • Evidence-Based Practice / education
  • Faculty, Nursing / organization & administration
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Humans
  • Manikins*
  • Models, Educational
  • Models, Nursing
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Program Development* / methods
  • Program Development* / standards
  • Role Playing