Teaching critical management skills to senior nursing students: videotaped or interactive hands-on instruction?

Nurs Educ Perspect. Mar-Apr 2012;33(2):106-10. doi: 10.5480/1536-5026-33.2.106.


This study examined and compared the effectiveness of videotape training versus hands-on instruction in preparing senior nursing students to respond to emergency clinical situations. Fourth year nursing students (n=27) were randomly assigned to one of three groups; one group received videotaped instruction, one group engaged in a hands-on experience, and one group, a control, received no instruction. Students were evaluated using a three-station objective structured clinical examination that involved high-fidelity simulations. Differences between the control and the two instructional groups were significant (p = .007); however, there was no significant difference between the two types of instruction. It was concluded that instruction on crisis management with a high-fidelity simulator, using either video or hands-on instruction, can result in a significant improvement in performance.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / methods*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Emergency Nursing / education*
  • Humans
  • Ontario
  • Pilot Projects
  • Teaching / methods*
  • Video Recording*