Teaching advanced cardiac life support protocols: the effectiveness of static versus high-fidelity simulation

Nurse Educ. Mar-Apr 2011;36(2):62-5. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e31820b5012.


The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of static simulation to high-fidelity simulation when teaching advanced cardiac life support guidelines. Using a quasi-experimental design, 49 BSN students were randomly assigned to 2 groups of either static or high-fidelity simulation. There were no significant differences between the static and high-fidelity simulation groups on the written examination. The high-fidelity simulation group outperformed the static simulation group on megacode performance.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support / education*
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support / methods
  • Clinical Competence
  • Computer Simulation*
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / methods*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Educational Status
  • Faculty, Nursing
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Manikins*
  • Models, Educational
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Students, Nursing*
  • Task Performance and Analysis
  • Teaching / methods*